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					     FRE.EMASONS. //

        THEY ARE AntING AT,

       FRO)! TUE FHE:=\"CJI OF   J\lGH~. ~EGI'R.

           Author of "Plain Talk." etc.



              Epl8COPUS BOSTON.


   This short treatise written, not by the Arch-
bishop of Paris, as carelessly stated by some
newspapers, but by Mgr. de Segur, the author of
the work lately tr",nslated and published under
the title of" Plain Talk," was composed to un-
veil and show Freemasonry, as it is in the Old
World. Its strictures, therefore, are not wholly
applicable to Freemasonry, as it is in the United
States. Yet, Masons here may read it with
profit to themselves; and those who are not Ma-
sons, but might be tempted to join some Lodge,
will, it is hoped, abandon the idea, if they read
this book. Even here, Freemasonry is a SeCl'et
Society; and to become a memher of it, one must
take at least an oath, and swear by the name of
God, to do so-and-so. Now, God's command is:
.. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy
God in vain." And surely, it is taken in vain
by American Freemasons, because they take it
without any sufficient and justifiable cause. For,
apart from other ends of their Society. and es-
pecially that of affording members a chance nev-
er to want what assistance they may nee d in
    iv                    PREFACE.

     case of a momentary difficulty in their affairs,
     or loss of means, or health,- the main object
     seems to be to meet at times, in order to spend
     an afternoon in a merry way, and to partake of
     banquets, provided for the occasion. ;But where
     is the necessity to bind oneself by an oath, to
     gather now and then round a bountifully supplied
    -table, or even to be charitable j and, for such
     purposes, to be a member of a Secret Society?
     We have many benevolent societies j there is no
     secret about them, no oath to be taken by those
     who wish to be members of them. "Their ohject

,    is to carry out the principles of Christian Charity j
     to that they bind themselves simply by a prom-
     ise, as also to contribute so much for the pur-
     poses of the Society.
        There are other objections to joining Freema-
    sonry, even here j but this is not the place to
     discuss that subject.
        The French work, here offered in an English
    garb, contains expressions which it is impossible
    to translate.
        In the very first page, we have the French
    word Franc, which means frank and freed, not
     free. The literal translation, if the meaning of
    the word is to be given, of Franc-Mafon, should
    be Freed, not Free-mason ;- freed from the taxes
     and imposts to be paid to any government what-
                    PREFACE.                    T

ever, the first Franc-MQ,fons having been sO call-
ed, because owing to the help they gratuitously
gave towards building our grand old Catholic
Cathedrals, their corporations were exempted,
freed for a time from paying the taxes due to
   The French word 1£s profanes had to be trans-
lated by the English word profane men, or simply
the profane. Yet, profane, in English, is gener-
ally applied to a man who uses profane language j
in French, it means, as uEled in this work, a man
not worthy, or, at least, not yet fit - to be a·
member of a Society - an outsider.
   The French word Arriere Loges, has been ren-
 dered by" Back Lodges." Now, this does not
 seem to convey the meaning of the French ex-
 pression, which carries an allusion to the back
 part of a shop, or of a theatre, where matters
 are so different from what they appear in the
 Store or on the Scp-ne.
   The reader will often meet with the word Obe-
 dience. The French word Obedience means here
 a certain portion of territory, a district, a num-
 ber of individuals and corporations put under
 the jurisdiction of a Superior who commands,
 and t9 whom consequently obedience is due.
 Hence, the whole has been summed up, in French,
 in the word Obedience.
vi                       PREFACE.

   Again, in the 28th chapter, the Mason-sister is
spoken of as tow'nant ala Sreur grise, literally,
turning by degrees Grey Sister, But the adjective
gris, the feminine of which is grise, means grey,
and also slightly intoxicattJd: and the witty point
of it is, that a Grey Sister is a venerable person,
member of the Community of Grey Nuns, where-
as a woman, even slightly intoxicated, is surely
anything but a respectable person; and the
idea of a Mason-sister turning Grey Nun, brings
a smile to the lips, the more so, that the idea is
presented by a word, the true meaning of which
in the case cannot be mi8taken.
   Some comparisons have been retained and lit-
erally translated; in their English dress, they
may look somewhat queer and awkward; yet, it
is supposed by the translator, that any intelli-
gent reader will understand them at once.
SOUTH BOSTON, 0cI.2d, 1868.
     ~    qf CAll GU/Jrdlan A.ngu..
                   TABLE OF CONTENTS.
         I. The Name Freemaeon ••• •••••• ••••. •••••                            II
        D. There is Freemason and Freemason. •••••• ••••• •                      Ii
       m. What is the Secret of the Customary Recruiting
                of Freemasonry. ••• .••• •• •• . •. .• . . . . •. . . •. ••• •   9
       IV. "lth what Ceremonies one is made a Freemason 18
        v. First and Terrible Trial of the Apprentice lila·
               son                                                             18
       VI. The Three Journeys; a Second Trial of the Ap·
               prentice Mason •...•••••••••••••••••••••••••••• !Ill
      VII. The Final Tr1ale •••••••.••••. .•• ••••. •• ••• •• ••• •. . • !a.'I
     VID. The Oath.. •••• ••• ••• •.•••• ••. •. •• .• •••••••••• •••••. 'l/T
       IX. Of the Degree of Companion, the Second lila-
               sonic Degree ••••••.••••••.••••,. . . • •• •••• •••••• 81
        x. Of the Third Degree, the Degree of Master lila-
               son •••••••...•••••••••••• ..•.•.••••.••••.••••••. S4.
      XI. Of the II1gh Degrees of Freemasonry.. ••.•••••• 411
      XII. Of the High Degree of Judge·PbUosopher-Grand.
               Commander-Unknown. ••• •.•• ••.••• •• . •• . . . .• 48
     Im. Of the II1gh Degree of Knight Kadosch ••••• " •••                     110
     XIV. Of the High Degree of Rosicrucian............... liS
"""\J xv. Of True Freemasonry, wbich is Occult, and all
               Secret •••••••••••••••••••••••••••.••••••••.•...• 117
"XVI. Horrible Exce_s Practised bV the lIIasODS of
               the Back LOdges. ••• •••••••• •. ••• •. ••••• ••• . . • 88
    XVII. What the Brothers of the Back Lodges Tl1lnk
               and Say of, and Expect to do with,thelr Dear
               Brothel'll of the Exterior Lod«es •..•••••••••• 88
  viii                          CONTENTS.
    XVIII. How the Masons of the Back Lodges make nse
              of, and Manage the Priuces and Noblemen
              who Join Freemasonry.......................                   70
     XIX. Of the Public Organization of Exterior Freema·
              sonry                                                         j'1

      XX. Does Masonry Love the Poor as it would have ns
              Believe?                                                      ILl
 "v XXI. That Freemasonry is a Formidable Power......                       '"
    XXll. That Freemasonry is, in Spite of Its Sayings, Es·
              sentially Impious, Antichristian, and Athe-
              ist                                                           88
"" XXIll. How Masonry Finds its Happiness In the Wor-
              ship of the Sun... . ...... .... .. . •. . •.... ... .. ••    lIS
    XXIV. The Masonic Press................................                 97
     xxv. That Freemasonry is Beginning to lay Hold on
               Youth by Means of Instruction and Ednca-
              tlon                                                         100
   XXVI. How Freemasonry Extends its Action to Yonng
              Girls                                                        105
   XXVII. Abont Adoption by Freemasonry, otherwise Fe·
             male Freemasonry                                              108
  XXVllI. A Banquet of Mason Sisters......................                 116
   XXIX. Does Feminine Masonry Cont",e itself to Ban·
              quets and Amusements?                                        119
    xxx. That the Church has very Jnstly Anathematized
              the Whole Freemusonry, wlthont any Re·
             stl'1ctlon                                                    12S
   XXXI. Express Sentences PRHsed on FreemRllonry by
             the Sovereign PontUrs                                         128
  XXXll. What we must do, in the Face of the Great Anti·
             ohristian Conspiracy.........................                 131

   In this short treatise, I do not examine Free-
masonry in its political, nor even in its social
bearings j my sole object is to lead to the un-
derstanding of its dangers in the moral and
religious point of view.
   A fearful propagandism, which is increas-
ing from day to day, and covers as with an
immense network not Europe alone, but the
whole world, renders watchfulness and resist-
ance more and more necessary. There is
hardly any Diocese in which Freemasons are
not organized. From their own last accounts,
tbey number eight miUions, and have about
jive thousand lodges, not counting the back
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or occult ones. In France, the number of
Freemasons already exceeds one million six
hundred thousand.
   To make Freemasonry known, is the best
means to hold away from it well-disposed per-
sons. I then offer this short treatise for the
people, to Clergym~n,and to the zealous Cath-
olics who take to heart the holy cause of the
Church, and the preservation of Faith. May
it help them to keep from the fire many im-
prudent butterflies who rush to the candle,
because they do not know that it burns I

           THE NAME FREEl{ABON.

   Generally, names indicate the nature of
things. Here, it is quite the reverse; Free-
masons are neither free, nor Masons. That
they are not Masons. needs no proof: That
they are not free (franc) is no less clear; for
their society rests on secrets, on mysterious
initiations, which they must not revea.l to
anyone, under penalty of death.
   To outsiders, Freemasons make it appear
                 THE FREEMASONS.                      3
that they are simply a merry and philan-
thropic, eating, drinking, singing and benefi-
cent society. We are going to see if there
is not something else under that. They are
not any more harmless than they are Masons.
   If "FrancmafOn," means Freemason, the
veil drawn over the association is to some
extent lifted up: free, but what is their free-
dam? free towards whom? free to do what?
We shall soon see it: and these are fearful
   This queer name of Freemason comes to
them, it seems, fi-om Scotland. After the most
 just suppression, by Pope Clement V., and
the King of Franc~, Philippe-Ie-Bel, at the
beginning of the 14th Century, of the Order
of Templars,l some of these infamous men

  1 The Knlghts-Templars had been institnted to de-
fend the Faith in the Holy Land. They soon spread
all over Europe j and, by their wealth, acquired an
immense Inftuence. One of their Grand-Masters allow-
ed himself to be seduced by the Turks, and introduced
into the Order, with habits against nature, sacrilegious
practices which too long remalued a deep secret.
Pbilippe-Ie-Bel discovered those horrible mysteries,
and strongly urged Pope Clement V. to puuish the Tem-
plars, and to suppress their Order. T~e main object
                THE FREEMASONS.

fled to Scotland, where they constituted
themselves a secret society, vowing implac-
able hatred and undying vengeance against
Popes and Kings. The bet.ter to disguise
their plottings, they affiliated themselve.s to
a corporation of masons, adopted their insig-
nia and slang, and later, spread all over En-
rope, with the help of Protestantism. Their
final organization dates, it seems, from the
first years of the eighteenth century.
   To throw dust in the eyes of the people,
they pretended to date back as far as the
Temple of Solomon,- the Tower of Babel,-
the Flood,-aye, even the Terrestrial Parn-
dise i and many of their .adepts were simple
enough to believe those silly stories.
   What then is Freemasonry? How does
one become a Freemason? What takes
place in the Lodges? Behind the Lodges are

of Phlllppe-le-Bel, was to confiscate their goods and
chattels for hill own benefit, whereas the Pope's object
was the interest of Faith, justice and morality. Many
Templars were acquitted ; others, severely punished;
some of them, the most gullty, were given up to t~e
secular power; other& escaped and fiOO. This histor-
ical point has at PreBent become an ascertained and
clear tact.
                THE FREEMASONS.                     {)

there back Lodges, and what is carried on
in them? Is Freemasonry a praiseworthy,
religious, or at least, beneficent institution?
Is it not essentially anti-christian, anti-cath-
olic? Is it powerful and active? What
does it aim at? Is it lawful to enroll one-
self under its. mysterious flag? We intend
answering briefly these grave questions. 1
But before ,proceeding, let us lay down an
important distinction.


  There is the Freemasonry which is seen
more or leBs, and the Freemasonry. which is
not seen at all; and the two make but one:
"Freemasonry is one, its starting point ·is
one," said lately a certain Brother Ragon,
one of the standard organs of the sect.2

  1 A large part of our Information has been taken
from the Interesting work of Mr. Alex. de St. Albin,
entitled: "The Ji'reemasOnlJ and the Suret Societies."
It should be consulted by readers anxious to go deeper
into the study of this important question.
  1I He has written a book, which has been by order
6                THE FREEMASONS.

   To the former belongs the immense major-
ity of the Freemasons. Out of the eight
millions of adepts "there are hardly five
hundred thousand active members." This
explicit acknowledgment the Masonic World
newspaper let out in its number for August,
   Those five hundred thousand are the Ma-
sons on the active service list, the picked
Matlons i still they are not yet the Masons of
the back Lodges,-the impious Masons, who
know what they are doing; who deliberately
work to destroy Ohristianity, Church and So-
ciety; and who, under different names, con-
stitute what is called Secret Societies. They
are the head of the Revolution which pur-
poses, as known by all, to overturn the world,
and to substitute everywhere "the rights of

of the Chapter Lodge, Orient of Nancy, the object of
"an official reprint called San-ed Edition," for the ex-
clusive use of the Lodges and Masons. This Br.·.
Ragon i8 an Ex-Venerable. The Grand-Orient, in his
approbation of his writings, has proclaimed that they
contain the pure Masonic Doctrine. We shall often,
in this treatise, quote bls words, as aD authentic source
Dot to be disowned by our adversaries.
             THE FREEMASONS.               7
man to the rights and to the kingdom of
   The eight millions of members of exterior .
Freemasonry are nearly to a. man blindfolded
individuals, who, most of the time, know
not whither they are led. They are used
as a reserve corps from which recruits are
selected, - as good milch cows which can be
milked at will, - as trumpeters who sing
everywhere the praises of Freem~sonry,
who extend its influence, and draw to it
sympathy . . . . and money.
   Behind that multitude who drink, sing, and
talk morality, the real Masons marvellously
hide all their plots.
   Among the members of exterior Freema-
sonry, there may be, and doubtless there
are, persons of worldly honorableness, warm-
hearted and generous, who would be Chris-
tians, did they know religion, but ignorance
leads them astray. They are caught by
appearances of brotherhood and beneficence,
and in good fait.h feel indignant when the
Church denounces and condemns the Masonic
   But the largest number of Freemasons is
8            THE FREEMASONS.

made np ofthe rich and poor among the C01'fI..
mon people,-deluded persons, led by the nose,
and readily hunted upon scent by leaders of
sects; they are utterly amazed when they
come to discover the depth of the pit, which
they have dug with their own hands.
   There are also among Freemasons, numer-
ous ambitious men, lawyers without suits-
at-law and conscience, unsound minds, rev-
olutionary people, ideologists in search of
Tile ,Unknown, philanthropists after the fash-
ion of the day; finally, and mostly, men of
pleasure, who are very willing to be made to
speak a would-be morality, and to save man-
kind, by eating, drinking, and singing. Free-
masonry oounts very many army men; also
Jews and tavern-keepers. In Paris, alone,
nearly two thousand tavern-keepers piously
attend the Lodges.
   Whilst granting that here and there good
men have strayed into the ranks of Freema-
sonry, still, we shall be forced to say, after
having dived into its mysteries, that if there
are any, they are very few.
              THE FBEEllASON8.                9


   It may be truly said that it is the secret
of the Devil. Listen, and judge.
   " 'l'he main poiut," wrote one of the occult
Chiefs, surnamed "Little Tiger," "is to iso-
late man from his family, and to make him
give up family habits. Man is well inclined, .
by a natural tendency, to shrink from the
cares of the household, to go after easy pleas-
ures, and forbidden enjoyments. He likes
the long chatting of the Coffee-house, and the
idleness of the Theatre. Draw him, drag him
away; let him fancy himself of some impor-
tance ; teach him discreetly to loathe his daily
avocation; and, through that game, after hay-
ing separated him from wife and children
after having shown him how heavy are "all du-
ties, put into his head to wish for another mode
of life. Man was born a rebel; fan that spirit
of rebellion to the burning point, but let it
 10                THE FREEMASONS.

  not blaze into a fire. This is the preparation
  for the great work which you must now begin.
     When you will have instilled into some
  Bouls a dislike of family and Religion (one
  almost always follows the other), drop some
  words to bring about a wish to be affiliated
  to the nearest Lodge. The feeling of vanity,
. urging common people to identify themselves
  with Freemasonry, is something so silly, and
  yet so universal, that I am always wondering
  at man's stupidity. I am surprised not to see
  all men knocking at the doors of the Ve~el""
. ables, and asking from those gentlemen the
  honor to be one of the workmen chosen for
  the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple. The
  prestige of the Unknown has on men such
  a power, that they prepare themselves with
  fear for the fantastical trials of initiation,
  and of the brotherly banquet.
     To be members of a Lodge, to feel one's
  self called to keep - wife and children being
  excluded - a secret which is never trusted to
  you, is"for certain natures, a delight aDd an
  object of ambition." 1

  1 Letter   to the Lodge of Piedmont, Jan., 18th, 1822,
                 THE FREEJUSONS.                     11
    What do you say to "this, reader? What
wickedness I
    Another Mason, Br ...1 Clavel, sets- forth,
although in a less cynical way, the same
honest system of recruiting. Here are his
own words. God must be blessed that those
impious men at times betray the secret of
their conspiracy: "Freemasonry, we flay to
tlw8e whom we want to enrol1, is a progressive,
philanthropic institution, the members of
which live like brothers, under the level of
a pleasing equality.
   " A Freemason is a citizen of the universe;
there is not a place where he will not meet
brothers eager to welcome him, without need
of any other recommendation but his title,
without making himself known except by
the signs and the mysterious words adopted
by the initiated.
   " To bring to a decisive step those led by
curiosity, we add that our Society religiously

  I These three dots form the mysterions triangle sym-
boi of the equalizing level which Freemasonry means
to carry rouud about all parts of the world, to eradicate
from them all religion and all authority not emanating
from the Masonic Order.
12                   THE FREEMASONS.

keeps a secret which belongs, and can belong,
only to Freemasons.
   " To the same end, we give to men of pleas-
ure glowitng acoount8 of the frequent banquets
in which rich diet and generous wines excite
mirth, and tie tighter the bonds of brotherly
   "As to working men and merchants, we tell
them that Freemasonry will be very profita-
ble to them, by enlarging the sphere of their
transactions, and increasing the number of
their customers. Thus have we argu'1Tte'ltt8
jor all inclinations, jor all vocations, jOr all
minds, jor all classes." 1
   Once more, honest reader, what do you say
to that?
   To give a last touch to the picture, we
might add: As to practical Christians, not to
frighten them away, the Masons amuse them
with fine words; they tell them that Free-
masonry excludes no Religion; that even
Priests are members of it, etc.
   Din not a good old lady, a mother of a
family, come once to consult a holy Priest, a

     1 Picturesque   History of Freemasonry. pp. 1-2.
              THE FBEEHA80N8.               13
friend of mine,and to A.Elk him most seriously,
was it true U that the Dominican Fathers were
at the head of Freemasonry in France '1 They
plague my husband to seek for admission/'
she added, "and as I oppose it with all my
might, some came to tell me 'that the Domin-
ican Fathers belonged to that Society, and
governed it. Is it really so? n
   Such are the honest secrets of \he recruit-
ing in the Freemasonry.


   When one of those U certain natures n has
been entrapped by any of the managers, here
is the result. It is as grotesque as it is cul-
pable; and this is not saying little.
   The first degree of " exterior n Freemason-
ry is the degree of Apprentice; the second,
that of Oompanion; the third, that of Kaster.
Mason. Degree here meanEi degree of ascen·
sion towards light; of course we Christians,
men of faith and common sense, we are sim-
 ply pro/ane-doomed to darkness.
14           THE FREEMASONS.

   The first step, then, is to apply to become
an Apprentice-mason. On the day appointed
for admission, the candidate, " brought to the
Lodge by a Brother unknown to him," is
shown to a solitary room, where he finds, he-
iween two lights, the Bible opened at the
first Chapter of St. John. Why so? An un-
initiated Mason would answer: "Because we
are a religious a"nd enlightened people;"
but what answer would an initiated Mason
give, - a Mason of those back Lodges, of
which mention is to be made hereafter, in
which they bluntly tell you that there is no
other God but Nature, and that Freemasonry
worships the Sun?
   The candidate is left alone for a few min.
utes; waiting enhances the interest of the
 proceedings. His clothes are taken from
 him; the left side and the right knee are ex-
 posed naked; he slips one shoe on (this is
 of the utmost importa!l.ce); they take from
 him his hat, and sword (he must have one),
 and i'metal," that is, his money. He is hood-
 winked, and led to the" closet of reflection;"
 he is forbidden to remove his hoodwink
 before he hears three loud raps. Again
 he is left alone; and some time is spent in
             THE FREEMASONS.               15
that kind of uneasy waiting caused in the
simpleton by that series of mysterious do-
ings. At last he hears the signal; quickly he
removes his hoodwink, and find::> himself in a
ha.ll hung in black; and on the walls be reads,
with what satisfaction one can readily under-
stand, encouraging inscriptions like the fol-
   ''If you are addicted to dissemhling, trem-
ble I We sltall read the very bottom of your
heart. :if fear lws smitten your soul, dare not
go any farther. The heaviest sacrifices, even
that of life, may be expected of you; are you
 ready for them? " etc.
   In this" closet of reflection," the candi·
 date is obliged to make his last will, and
 to answer in writing the following questions:
   "What are the duties of Man towards
 God?" "What are his duties towards his fel-
 low-men?" "What are his duties towards
 himself? "
    Then Br.·. TerrWle (sic) takes with the
 point of a sword the last will and the three
 answers, to carry them to the Lodge. In the
 Freemason cant, Lodge means the meeting
 of the adepts; the place for meeting is call-
16           THE FREEMASONS.

ed Temple (pious remembrance of the Tem-
plars and their mysteries); the President is
called Venerable.
    Br. '. Terrible brings to the Venerable
the last will and the answers. No matter
what t.he answers are, the candidate is
always accepted. The atheist, blasphemer
Proudhon, was admitted when he had just
answered, "Justice to all men/' - " devot-
edness to one's country," - "war against
God I" True, it was the Lodge of" sincerity,
perfect union, and lasting friendship." So
sweet a Lodge could not refuse a candidate
so perfectly sincere, so sincerely perfect.
   Br ... Terrible then comes back to the poor
candidate, hoodwinks him again, and puts
around his neck a rope, the end of which he
holds, thus to lead him to the door of the
 Temple against which he makes him give
three hard raps. Those inside try not to
   The Tempk is hung in blue, - what passes .
 there being all heavenly. A Br.·. called
 Firat Inspector gravely announces to the
 Venerable, that there are raps at the door.
 Here ensues a dialogue between the Ven-
              THE FREEMASONS.               17
erable, the First Inspector and Br.·. Terri-
ble; after which the candidate is introduced
into the Temple. There are two columns,
between which he is brought, the rope round
his neck all the while. Br ... Terrihle frater-
nally presses the point of his sword against
the candidate's breast, and then begin the
   The Venerable, putting his spectacles on
his venerable nose, says, in a gloomy, but
venerable voice: "What do you feel? What
do you see?" Rather indelicate questions to
put to a poor devil who is hoodwinked, and
whose flesh is pricked by a sword.
   The postu1ant candidly: "I see nothing,
but I feel the point of a sword."
   The Venerable: "Reflect deeply on the
step you are taking; you are going to under-
go terrible trials. Do you feel fortitude
enough to brave all t~e dangers to which you
may be exposed?"
   'fhe postUlant, with energy: "Yes, sir I"
   The Venerable, without laughing: " Well,
then, I give you up I Br.·. Terrible, drag this
profane out of the Temple, a.nd take him to
all places through which mtid pass the mor·
18            THE FREEMASONS.

tal who seeks the honor to know our secrets."
All this is textual, 8S is also whatever we
shall say next. It is copied from the Ma-
sonic Ritual, lately reprinted with great care.
   Forthwith Br.·. TerrWle draws the rope,
drags the candidate, who is all this time
hoodwinked, makes him whirl about half 8
dozen times in a hall called" the pacing Hall."
When he supposes him bewildered, he slyly
brings him back to the Lodge, the candidate
not being aW8re of it.
   Look out I the trials are about to begin.
It would be Jocrisse's marty"rdom, were it
not the initiation to abominable things.


  In the centre of the Lodge is prep~red
a big frame, covered with paper, as those
hoops through which pass horsewomen in
a circus. Brothers hold up that frame, the
instrument of the first trial
             THE F.RJ:EJU.SON8.            19
   " What is to be dQne with this profane?"
asks Br.·. Terrible of the Venerable. The
Venerable replies: "Lead him into the cave."
Immediately two Masons seize upon the
postulant, throw him with all their strength
on the frame, the paper of which tearing
lets him pass. Two other Masons receive
him on their arms. The two folds of the
door are banged with great force; and, from
the.imitation of the noise of oolts and locks,
the intelligent candidate may fancy himself
shut in the famous cave.••• some moments
are 8pent in a deep silence, the silence of
the gravel
   Suddenly the Venerable (sneezes,) gives
a loud rap with his mallet (on no matter
what), directs the aspirant to kneel, and
offers a kind of prayer to the Patron of the
Institution, whom they ca.ll "the grand Ar-
chitect of the Univel'Be." Freemasonry is
profusely lavish of that sort of. prayer; it
 puts God's holy name everywhere. Infa-
mous hypocrisy I for, we shall see, presently,
that, in reality, Freemasonry is Atheist, and
 that" the worship 0/ Nature is the Mason's
20             THF. FREEMASONS.

purpose," as the sacred author dares to pub-
lish it in one of his official books. 1
   The Venerable orders the aspirant, still
hoodwinked, to sit on a chair strewn with
points (for greater comfort), and asks him
does he persevere in his noble purpose? The
simpleton·majestically answers, Yes. Then
follow silly questions on morals, and a pa-
thetic discourse by the Venerable on the du-
ties of Masons, the first of which, he says,
"is to preserve an absolute silence on the
secrets of' Freemasoury." We shall soon
see if those secrets are in ha.rmony with all
their ludicrous ceremonies: a.nd, moreover,
why any secret in a society which calls itself
purely beneficent and philanthropic?
   Now begins another comedy; the Venera-
ble asks the aspirant if he is sincere, and
if he can affirm it on his word of honor?
He orders "the Br.·. Sacrificer" to lead
the candidate to "the altar," and to make
him drink from a cup which a pivot separates
into two compartments. " If you are not sin-
cere," says the Venerable, "the sweetness of
  1 Br ... Ragon: Philosophical and Interpretative
Treatise on Ancient and Modern Initiations.
              THE FREEMASONS.               21
this beverage will soon be changed for you
into subtle poison." And by means of the
pivot, he is made to drink, without perceiving
the trick, first pure water, and next a bitter
draught. Of course he is still hoodwinked,
and still makes wry faces. At once, the Ven-
 erable, who is smarter than he looks, ex-
 claims, striking again with his gavel: "What
 do I see, sir? What signifies this sudden
 change in your features? Is it that the
 sweet beverage bas already turned for you
 into poison? ... let the profane be removed !"
     Br . '. Terrible brings back the postulaut
 between the two columns. The Venerable
 has a last word for him: "If you intend de-
 ceiving us, hope not to succeed in it; better
 for you to withdraw at once; you are still
 free. Were we to become convinced of your
 perfidy, it would be fatal to you; and you
 should have to lose the hope of e;ver seeing
 again the light of the day. Br.·. Terrible,
 put back this ·profane on the chair of reflec-
     Should the postulant decide to proceed, he
  is subjected to a second trial.
!2            THE FBEEHASON8.


          '1'HE ApPRENTICE-MASON.

   At the sight of millions of men submitting
for centuries to these humiliating and ridic-
ulous practices, one is seized with compas-
sion; and, like Br.·. Little Tiger, "one is
amazed at the stupidity of mankind." Were
it not that the Devil interferes, not a man of
sense could snbmit to so childish and nODsen-
sical phantasmagories. No one could be-
lieve that men endowed with reason, and
who all boast more 01" less of being free-
thinkers, practise those absurd rites, if it
were not an absolutely certain fact, and were
not the Ritual, printed by the sect, before us,
to render doubt impossible.
   The first" journey" consists in going three
times round the Lodge, prepared for that ex-
press purpose, The candidate, still hood-
winked, and led by Br.'. Terrible, walks in
succession on movable floors, which being
              THE FBEEHASONS.              !3
set on rollers, and full of rough spots, pass
from under his feet; next on swinging Hoors,
which suddenly give way under him, and
seem to let him fall in an abyss. Then he is
made to go up" the endless ladder;" if he
wishes to stop, he is told to ascend still; un·
til having ascended (at least he thinks so) to
a very great height, he is commanded to
throw himself down . . . and he falls from an
elevation of three feet III During all that
time, the initiators simulate the sounds of
high winds, hail and thunder, cries of infants,
and a dreadful din generally. Thus ends the
first" journey." Truly, it is too stupid I
    The second" journey" resembles the first,
and the third resembles the second: a repeti-
tion of the same gross buffooneries, of the
same heroism on the part of the candidate.
Between each journey the Venerable makes
pretence of doubting the aspirant's courage;
he exhorts him not to continue, and the other
 still continues.
    There is, however, some novelty introduced
 in the third" journey;" as it was done to
 Don Quixote and to Sancho, likewise hood-
 winked.. and on the famous wooden horse,
24           THE FREEMASONS.

so pretended purificatory flames are passed
under the nose of the nnfortunate aspirant.
" Let him pass through the purifying flames,"
has thundered the Venerable, " in order that
nothing profane remain in him I" And, in
fact, whilst the. postulant gravely descends
the steps of the Orient (it is the place where
sits the Venerable) to go between the two
columns, Br ... Terrible envelopes him thrice
in flames produced by means of I don't know
what gas and what powder prepared for the
   To think that men at all ages, of all condi.
tions, that men of learning, members of acado
emies, officers, generals, Marshals of France,
men in high places, fathers of family, men
belonging to the best society have passed,
now pass, and will still pass through all that!
It bewilders one; and it is humiliating for
   But we are not done yet; and the postu-
lant is not yet a Mason.
              THE FREEllASON8.              25

             r.I.'HE FINAL TRIALS.

   II Profane man," says the Venerable, " you

have been purified by the earth, the air, the
water, and the. fire. I cannot praise your
courage too highly; yet let it not forsake
you; you have still other trials to undergo.
The Society into which you desire to be ad-
mitted, will, perhaps, demand that you should
shed for it even the ~t drop of your blood.
.Are you ready?" Thus, for the second time
he is warned that to be a Freemason, one
must bind oneself solemnly to all that the in-
terests of Freemasonry may require; one
must be ready to sacrifice one's life, at the
first word.
   On the affirm~tive answer of' the postulant,
the Venerable adds: " We must convince
you that this·is not a mere matter of form.
.Are you willing to have a vein opened this
minute?" The postulant consents, and forth·
 with a slight scratch is made on his arm.
26            THE FREEMASONS.

 There is a noise of trickling blood simulatea,
and the arm is put in a sling.
   The Venerable then proposes to him to im-
press upon his breast the Masonic Seal, by
means of a hot iron. The aspirant again
 consents, and they apply to his breast either
the hot side of a candle just put out,or a
small glass slightly warmed with burning pa-
per. At last, the aspirant must tell in a low
tone of voice to "Br.·. Hospitaller" the
amount of the offering he intends to make for
indigent Masons.
   Thus end the famous trials.
   The Venerable lectures the aspirant with
a terrible speech, and praises h~m for his
courage in that emphatical and hollow style,
the practice of which is religiously preserved
by Freemasonry; and, as a reward for his
heroism, he orders the Br. '. Master of Cere-
monies" to initiate him to the degree of Ap-
prentice, by teaching him . . . . to take the
first step in the angle of an oblong square III
You will make him take the two other steps,"
adds he gravely, "and you will lead him af-
terwards to the altar of oaths." The three
steps in the angle of an oblong square con-
              THE FREEMASONS.               27
8titute, in fact, the walk of an .Apprentice
Mason. The man who has allowed himself
to bo hoodwinked, pricked in the breast,
thrown through the papered frame in the
cave, who has swallowed clear water, slided,
 jumped, etc., in his three journeys, who has
ascended the endless ladder, and has heroically
dared to fall from the height of three feet j
who was purified by the exploding powder,
has shed his noble blood, has promised and
heard so many fine things, that man is at last
initiated to something serious: he has been
taught" to walk three steps in the angle of
an oblong square I"

                  THE OATH.

  Before the oath is taken, there is another
short ceremony. The neophyte, still hood-
winked, is "led to the altar of oaths," where
he kneels down, whilst. the Br.·. Master of
Ceremonies puts on his left breast the point
of a compass. On the altar is a Bible opened,
and on the Bible a flaming sword.
                THE FREEMASONS.

   "Up, and to order, Brethren," exclaims the
Venerable; "the neophyte is going to take
the awful oath." Awful, truly; this time,
joking ceases, and we have true Freemasonry.
All the assistants arise, draw their swords,
and the postulant takes the impious oath 8S
  " I swear, In the name of the Supreme Architect ot
all the worlds, Dever to reveal the secrets, the signs,
the grasps, the words, the doctrines and the customs
of the Freemasons, and to preserve thereon an eternal
silence. I promise and swear to God never to betray
any part of them, neither by writings, SI&DS, words,
nor gestures; never to cause any of them to be written,
lithographed or printed; never to publish anything at
what has beeD confided to me up to this time, or Is to
be In future. I pledge and submit myself to the fol-
lowlug penalty, if I break my word: That my lips be
burnt with a hot Iron; that my hands be cut otr; that
my tongue be plucked out; that my throat be cut;
that my corpse be hung In a Lodge during the work of
admission of a new brother, as a branding of my un-
faithfUluess, and a warning to others; that It be theD
burnt, and the ashes scattered to the Winds, so that
there may remain no trace of the memory of my
treason. So help me God, and this holy Gospel.
  Those unfortunate men thus use the name
of God and of the Gospel in their detestable
oaths, and give themselves up, bands and
             THE FBEElIASONS.             29
feet bound, to a hidden power, which they
know not, nor shall ever know; which shall
command them to kill, and they must kill; to
violate divine and human laws, and if they
do not obey, they must die 1 Can an upright
man, I do not say a Christian, but simply an
upright man, in the least strict sense of the
word, can he, I ask, take the oath of a Free-
   After the oath, the postulant is led back
between the two columns. All the Brothers
(what Brothers 1) surround him, forming a
circle, and turn towards him their drawn
swords, "so that he be like a centre from
which ray,s are darting." The Master of
Ceremonies, standing behind, is ready to take
the ~oodwink from his eyes, whilst another
Brother, standing in front, brings under the
nose of the unhappy neophyte, the lamp and
tbe inflammable powder, used before for the
purifying flames.
   The comedy is again performed.
   " Do you judgE} this aspirant worthy to be
admitted among us? II asks the Venerable to
tho Br.·. First Overseer. " Yes, Venerable,"
answers he. "What do you ask for him''l ~I
30            THE FREEMASONS.

"Light." And the Venerable,in a solemn tone
of voice: "Let there be light I " He gives
three he!\vy raps with the mallet. At the
third rap, the bandage falls, the powder ex-
plodes, and the neophyte, all dazzled, . . • .
surely sees nothing but fire. Then he notices,
to his great delight, all the drawn swords
pointing to his breast, and all his excellent
Brothers exclaim altogether: "May God
punish the traitor I" "Fear nothing, Broth-
er," says the Venerable, "fear nothing from
these swords pointed towards you. 'I'heyare
threatening traitors only. If you are faith-
ful to Freemasonry, as we have the right to
hope, these swords shall ever be ready to
protect you. If, on the contrary, you ever
betrayed it, no spot on earth could offer y..ou a
8helter against these avenging weapons."
  By his order, the new Brother is brought
back to the Altar; again he is to kueel
(before whom? before what ?), and the Vener- .
able, taking on the altar (the altar of whom?)
the glistening sword, puts its point on the
new Brother's head, and consecrates him
"Apprentice-Mason," telling him: "In the
name of the Great Architect of the Universe,
              THE FREEMASONS.              31
and by virtue of the powers entrusted to me,
I create and constitute you Apprentice-Ma-
son and member of this respectable Lodge."
Then, setting him up, he girds him with a
white skin apron, gives him a pair of white
gloves, which the Mason must wear in the
Lodge as an emblem of his innocence III
and, whether he be married or not, a pair of
woman's gloves, which he must" offer to the
one whom he wiU esteem the most." We soon
shall see that there are female Fre('JTTUUIons,
and that the worship of women is far from
being proscribed from among those pure
children of the" Great Architect of all the
 worlds." Finally, the Venerable reveals· to
the Apprentice, the signs, pass-words, and
 secre.}s peculiar to his degree, and gives him
 the treble brotherly kiss.- I do not know
 what are those special secrets; for, according
 to the Ritual of the Mother Lodge of the
 Three Globes (sic), it is expressly said that
 "hiuts only, but never a full explanation, are
 given to the Apprentiee; because the smallest
 part could not be fully explained and under.
 stood, unless the whole be presented and
82             THE FREEMASONS.

   Be this as it may, the initiation is pro-
claimed; the whole Lodge applauds; and the
new Mason, having donned again his dress,
is installed in his place. " Br ; '. Orator" de-
livers to him a speech which ends this sacri-
legious phantasmagoria.

                MASONIC DEGREE.

  The second degree of exterior Freema-
sonry, is the degree of Oompanion-rnmJon.
When a poor Apprentice is tired of learning
nothing new I he hopes to be initiated to
something by becoming a Companion. Here
are the proceedings:
  The postulant Apprentice is no more hood-
winked; for, he has asked for light, and
powder has been thrown in his eye,s. He
comes to knock as an Apprentice at the door
of the Lodge.l The Venerable admits him,

  1 That is (at least in the Scotch Rite), two raps are
given rapidly and tolerably land, and, after a .hort;
               rBE FRlllEMASONS.                83
questions him, and orders him to go five times
round the Lodge, accompanied by the Br.·.
Master oj Oeremonies. These are called" the
mysterious journeys."
   Then he makes bim strike three times with
a mallet on a rough stone (let .him who can,
understand). This is called the last work of
an Apprentice. The Venerable pretends to
explain to him the meaning of a glittering
star, painted on a piece of canvas stretched
on the floor; he teUs him that it is " the sym-
bol of that sacred fire, of that portion of
divine light out of which the Grand Architect
of the Universe has formed our souls," (which.
is a right down heresy, and strongly smells
of Pantheism). Whether he understood or
not, the Apprentice is led to the altar, as on
the first occasion, and there, on his knees, he
takes a'gain the oath of Masonic fidelity, that
horrible oath, condemned by all laws, divine
and human.
halt, a third one, more gently. The Oompanion gives,
in the same way, first two raps, then one, then two
again. The Master gives three times the raps given
by tile Apprentice. The VenerQble, or Master of the
Lodge, gives, in an Olympian way, one loud rap only.
It is Jupiter who strikes.
34            THE FREEMASONS.

   He is then proclaimed Companion, - the
Lodge applauding, - and led, not this time
"towards the East," as when received an
Apprentice, but .1 to the head of the column
of the South," where he has to listen to an-
other speech from" Br.·. Orator." All this
is so silly, that one is tempted to grow angry,
rather than to laugh. And there are in
France, sixteen hundred thousand persons,
the most of them learned and literary men,
who have passed under that" Caudium yoke"
of the Secret Societies I And in the whole
world, there are eight millions of them I


  We are all the while writing exclusively
about exterior Freemasonry; the degree of
Master-mason is the third and last, the dignity
of Grand-Orient, and the other accessory
dignities which compose the exterior council
of the Masonic Order, not being degrees
properly speaking. A General, who has been

               THE FREElIU.SON8.             35
appointed SeCl'etary of War, has not, for that,
risen to a higher degree; he is invested with
a dignity and a greater authority, but it ends
there. Thus the Mason, when appointed
Grand-Orient, is a Master·mason like all
others, although he has been invested with
the exterior command of all the Lodges of
one obedience.
    There are, in fact, in Freemasonry, various
rites or obediences, which differ but very little
one from the other. In France, we possess
 three Masonic rites: The rite of the Gmnd-
 Orient of France; tlte Scotch rite, of which
 the Grand-master is an old Academician;
 and a third rite, called tke Misraim rite.
 Misraim is the name which cabalis~ic science
 has always given to a very powerful and
  very wicked demon. The Misraim rite ac-
  knowledges as its father the pious Cham, the
  accursed son of Noah.
    But let us come back to our Companion
  who is so anxious to pass Master. The cere-
  monial becomes more and more solemn. The
  Lodge itself is not called any more a Lodge,
  bu t the Room of tke Oentre. The Celestial
  Chinese empire, is also called the Empire of
36            TlIF. FREEMASONS.

the Centre. This Room of the Centre then is
hung in black (in token of light and joy?),
with skulls, whole skeletons, and bones em-
broidered in white, no doubt by the female
Freemasons" who are the most esteemed"
by the Masons of that Centre.
    A candle of yellow wax (note it well: yel-
low) put in the East (not in the West, or else
all would be spoiled), and a dark lantern,
 made of a skuil, which lets light pass only
 through the sockets, are placed on the altar
 of the Venerable. The Venerable is Vener-
 able no more. In this very respectable Cen-
 tre, he is henceforth called the U Most Wor-
 shipful of the Room of the Centre." This
 "Room of the Centre" and its Most Worship-
 ful receive light in proportion with their
 needs from the yenow candle and the skull-
 lantern. In the middle of " the Room of the
 Centre," whoever has a good eyesight, makes
 out (oh, for the pure joys of Freemasonry I)·
 a coffin I Yes a coffin, a true coffin; and this
  coffin contains either a Mason or a manikin
  (no matter which); according to Br. '. Clavel
  " it must be the last received Master." The
  Ritual does not say, if, in his coffin, this last
              THE FREEllASONS.               81
received Master relishes the joke. I suppose
he would rather be II the Most Worshipful."
  To console him, they put a square on his
head, an open compass on his feet, and over
him, a branch of acacia (no doubt to keep off
dew). .All the Br. '. Maaters are dressed, not
in yellow, but in black the cheerfullest of
the Lodges, they wear a black apron with a
skull skilfully embroidered on the thighs.
Finally, to complete their dress, they all wear
hanging from the left shoulder to the right
side, a wide blue ribbon, on which are em·
broidered, the sun, the moon and the stars.
.And do you know why they are thus decked
up in their II Room of the Centre?" Listen
to the Most Worshipful: " For what purpose
do we meet?" he asks. II To find again the
Master's word which is lost," gravely answers
Br. '. First Overseer. The Most Worshipful
then commands a search for" the word."
Yet, everyone seems to know it j for it is
asked of all, and from all it is brought back
to him. II How old are you?" inquires the
Most Worshipful from Br.·. First Overseer.
"Seven years, innocently answers he, no
one knows why. A -Ma~ter·Mason is alwaYiI
38            THE FREEMASONS.

" seven years old; " it is the age of candor f
" What time is it?" asks the Most Worshipful.
" It is past 12 o'clock," answers the other.
A.fter several questions and answers of DO
lesser depth, a Companion-knock is heard at
the door. It is our Companion-mason who
presents himself. He is barefooted, his right
arm naked, also his left breast; from his right
arm majestically hangs a square; and round
his waist is a rope going three times around
it; the end of it is held by the Br.· . Expert,
in the rite of the Great Orient of France; by
Br . .. Mallter of Oere:monies, in the Scotch
rite; by Br ... First Deacon, in the English
and A.merican Lodges. In the Misraim rite,
it must be held by the devil himself. Thus
accoutered, the Companion ~nocks at the
door, and a precious scene begins.
   " At this n"oise," says Br ... Olavel, " at this
noise the meeting is moved, and not without
reason I " With a faltering voice, Br ... First
 Overseer exclaims: " Most Worshipful, a
Companion has just knocked at the door."
"See . . . what wants .•.• that Compan-
ion," answers, with a truly justifiable emotion,
the Most Worshipful.
              THE FREEllA80N8~

    Inquiries. are made; and., as everything is
known in advance, the inquiries are not very
complicated. "Why does the Master of
Ceremonies come and disturb our grief?"
says, with a lugubre tone of voice, the Most
Worshipful. "Might not this Companion be
one of those miserable whom Heaven de-
li vers up to us for revenge? Br ... Expert,
arm yourself and seize upon this Companion.
Search him, and ascertain, if there be not on
him any trace of his being accessory to the
crime which has been committed." This
crime is the would·be murder of the Architect
Adoniram, put to death by three Companions,
whilst he was superintending the works of
Solomon's Temple; in reality, it is the pun-
ishment inflicted on the Templars, - spiritual
ancestors of the Freemasons.
    The Expert tears the apron from the Com-
panion, and whilst the latter stands at the
door, fraternally guarded by four Brothers
armed t.o the teeth, the Expert goes back to
 the Most Worshipful, and tells him in a very
 respectful tone of voice: " Most Worshipful,
 I have discovered nothing on the Companion
 indicative of his having committed a murder.
40            ~HE   FREEMASONS.

His garments are clean, his hands are pure,
and this apron which I bring to you is stain-
   The Most Worshipful feigns not to be con·
vinced. " Venerable Brothers," says he,
"may the surmise which agitates me, etc..
Should he not he interrogated?" .AU the
Br •.. bow down their Freemasons' heads in
token of approval; and as the Most Worship-
fulleams from Br ... Expert that the Com-
panion knows the pass-word, he exclaims,
stricken with amazement: " The pass-word I
  •••. How can he know it 'f Oh I . . . . It
 cannot be but in consequence of hig crime."
 Forthwith, a. new search is made in the
 pockets, and all about the Companion who is
aU the while there, half-naked, as Marlborough
 between his four officers.
   During the whole of this, the unfortunate
 last received Master is. there spending him·
 self in his coffin, and reflects at his ease on
 the depth of the Masonic Ceremonies. As it
 i om what long, probably he has been tak-
 ing 11 precautions in advance.
      r ... Expert then searches the Compan-
 ion. He looks at his right hand: "Good

              THE FREEMASONS.

Gods! What have I seen 1" he exclaims with
horror, feigning to perceive something.
" Speak, you wretched man 1 Confess your
crime. How will you give the pass-word?
Who has dared to communicate it to you?"
The innocent Companion answers with a
perfect composure: "The pass-word? I do
not know it. My 'introductor is to give it for
me." Then he is introduced, walking back-
wards, to the middle of" the Room of the
Centre i" and having come near the coffin,
he turns round about, and he perceives said
coffin with the last received Master who
plays the dead.
   The Most Worshipful explains to him how
they are all busy shedding tears over their
most respectable Master Adoniram, wickedly
killed by three Companions (about two thou-
sand eight hundred and sixty years ago), and
he shows to him the poor last received Mas-
ter, laid in the coffin. The companion, of
course, declares that he has not killed Master
Adoniram; and the Most Worshipful, fully
satisfied with that justification, commands, as
a penance, that he be made" to trave1." We
know those ridiculous journeys i this one is
42           THE FREEMASONS.

not unlike the others, except that the four
armed Masons fraternally accompany the
    Br . .. Expert follows the traveller, and
holds him by the rope'il end. Returned from
his "travels," the Companion is received
Master; he takes the oath kneeling, the two
points of an open compass being applied to
his breast. He is led" to the West," from
where he is led back "to the East;" "it is
the mysterious march of the degree of Mas-
   This mysterious march affords time to the
dead Brother noiselessly to creep out of the
coffin; and when the new Master comes near
to it, it is empty. The Most Worshipful de-
scends from his throne - for he has a throne.
Here commences the lamentable reciting of
the would-be murder of the respectable Mas-
ter Adoniram, by the three jealous Compan-
ions, Jubelas, Jubelos, and Jubelum; the
Most Worshipful stops three times to give
Br ... First Overseer leisure to strike the
new Master, as Adoniram was struck by
his three murderers; first on the neck, with
an iron ruler; then on the heart, with 8
              THE FREEMASONS.              43
square; finally, on the forehead, with a mal
let. After which, two Brothers seize upon
the fictitiou~ Adoniram, and stretch him in
the coffin, as if he were dead. The bystand.
ers simulate looking up their dear Master
Adoniram; after painful researches from the
East to the West, and from the West to the
East, they find him, thanks to the acacia
branch, which indicates to them where lies
his corpse. The Most Worshipful declares
that it is in a state of corruption, and says:
Mac Benac, that is the flesh leaves the bones.
(Is not all this quite cheerful and amusing?)
The Most Worshipful drags from the coffin
the would·be dead man, puts on his. left
shoulder his own left hand, and tells him in
the right ear: Mac, and in the left ear Benac,
words which inundate the resuscitated fellow
with lights and consolations. The Brothers,
with their black aprons and their skulls,
lighted by the yellow candle and the skull
transformed into a lantern, break forth in
 joyful singing.
   The Br.·. New Master renews the' oath
"to reveal nothing to inferior Brothers and
to the profane," and they give him the initia-
  tion, viz: the Masonic Catechism, and the
  Master's Sign. This sign is made by shutting
  four fingers of the right hand, putting the
. thumb on the stomach, so as to form an angle,
  whilst the back of the left hand is held before
  the eyes, the thumb pointing down. The
  Master's Catechism calls that sign" the sign
  of horror," because it signifies the horror
  with which the Masters were struck when
  they perceived Adoniram's corpse.
      These gloomy fooleries are the initiation
  ceremonial to the third and last degree of
  exterior Freemasonry. This begins to smell
  of conspiration and secret society; and one
  cll.n understand how easily from that very
  large number are dra.wn recruits for the oc-
  cult Freemasonry, for the leaders of Secret
  Societie~. We shall see of what gross un-
  godliness are composed the mysteries which
  are then revea.led to the new Master. It is
  sheer Materiali8m.
      Therefore can we fearlessly say: no matter
  how much they may be duped, the Freema-
  sons-Apprentices, Companions, and Masters,
  are highly guilty, highly imprudent, lUld
  highly silly.
              mE FREEHABO:N8.


   So are called many initiations, often inde
pendent one from the other, varying accord
ing to places and countries, of which some
are recent, some are extinct. There are Ma·
SOlls, among them most of the heads of exte·
rior Freemasonry, who deny them. Others
acknowledge, praise and join them, yet do
not belong to the occult Freemasonry, or to
the Secret Societies properly so called.
  The high degrees are like an efflorescence-
more and more secret and ungodly - of com-
mon Freem88onry, an initiation further ad-
vanced, though still incomplete, towards
what might be carled the soul of Freema-
sonry, that is, towards the ultimate aim of its
plots. This ultimate aim is universal de-
struotion of all royalty and of all religion;
it is the universal rebellion of the ·World
against God and against His Christ; it is
Satan and Man who strive to reign over the
46            THE FREEMASONS.

world, in the place of God and His Christ.
A part of that infernal Secret has been un-
veiled, and the half-honest Freemasons vainly
deny it.
   "The aim of the Order must remain its
first secret," said in 1774 the Grand Lodge of
Germany; " the world is not robust enough to
bear its revelation." Masons themselvel!,
even those in the high degrees are not deemed
" robust enough;" for, at the initiation to one
of the high degrees of the Scotch rite, the
Master of the Lodge tells the· candidate:
"By means of this degree, a thick wall is
raised between us and the profane, and even
between many of our own . ... What you
have learned so fa.r, ill nothing compared to
the secrets which shall certainly be revealed
to you in future . . . . The care we take to
hide them even from our own Brothers, has
surely given you ideas worthy of the thing1
(true Masonic style).
   In all the Masonic rites taken together,
there are, it is said, nearly one thousand de-
grees. In the rite of the Gr.·. Or ... ap-
 1 Admission to the degree of "Senior." From the
Ritual ot the Mother Lodge ot the Three Globes.
              THE FREEMASONS.              47

pear thirty-three of them; in the Scotch rite,
thirty-three likew.ise, although but seven are
generally conferred; the others are no doubt
too sublime, and the eyes might be injured by
excess of light. The Misraim rite seems to
stop at one hundred degrees; there, doubt-
less, onB enjoys the clearest light.
   We should here note that, by God's grace,
all the branches of the Masonic tree frater-
nally detest one another. Their divisions are
our salvation. The same is true of Freema-
sonry as. of Protestantism; there is unity
6f·name and of hatred, but endless division
between all the sects of The Sect. Division
is characteristic of the works of Satan, be-
cause unity exists only ill Truth and in
   The most known among the high degrees
seem to be those of "Judge-Philosopher
 Grand- Oommander- Unknown, Elect,· Senior,
 Knight of St. Andrew, Knight ·of the Sun,
 Knight Kadosch, and Rosicrucian.
48            THE FREEHASONS.


 When received,the Judge.Phtlosopher-Gra:nd-
Commander-Unknown is boldly told the true
and practical meaning of Adoniram's legend.
The words are textually recorded by Br ...
Ragon in his book on Masonic Orthodoxy:
" Do not the degrees through which you have
passed," says the Master of the Lodge," in-
duce you to apply our legend of Adoniram's
murder, to the tragical and fatal end of James
Molay, Judge-Philosopher-Grand-Commander
of the Order? Have you not prepared your
heart jor.vengeance? Do you not feel theim·
placahle hatred which we have sworn against
the three traitors on whom we must revenge
the death oj James Molay? This is, Brotber,
THE TRUE MASONRY, Buch as it has been handed
down to us."
   Practically, those three traitors are: first,
the Pope, and, with bim, the whole Ohurch,
              THE FBFoEMASONS.             49
the whole Christendom, the whole religious
order; second, the King, and, with him, the
whole civil society and all governments;
third, the military power, which has taken
the place of the old military-religious orders,
devoted to the defence of Faith.
   The adept is now made to see, but it is as
yet only a glimpse - that A.theism, or the
worship.of the God-nature, is the fundamental
doctrine of Freemasonry. "Know how to
take your place, is he told, among men whose
only doctrine is: Courage and Morals. This
doctrine is the rule laid on us by ou r Consti-
tution." The courage, is the blind and sav-
age will which is to lead to undertake any
thing, even crime and murder; the morals,
obedience to nature's instincts. We shall
presently see samples of it.
   At last they tell him: "Here you are now
pu t on a level with the zealous Masons wlw
have devoted themselves with us to the common
vengeance. Conceal carefully from the public
 the high destiny reserved for you . . . . You
are now, Brother, one of the elect called to
the accomplishment of the Grand Work.
   After this pious speech, the Ma8ter of the
50           THE FREEMASONS.

Lodge hands to the new Br.·. Judge-Phi-
10sopher~Grand-CoIDIDander-Unknown,he in-
signia of his high degree, and points to him
his special work. The insignia-thejetvel of
the adept - is a dirk j his work - vengeance.
Is all this clear?


  I do not know why the Knights Kado8ch
are called Knights Kadosch. Their initiation
is highly seasoned with a strong smell of
blood, murder, vengeance, rebellion, and un-
godliness. When Louis Philippe Egalite
(the only one of the Grand-Orients of France
ever admitted into the dark secrets of" the
true Masonry") was initiated to the degree
of Knight Kadolilch, he was made to stretch
on the floor as a dead man, and there, to reo
new all the oaths which he had already taken
in the inferior degrees j then a dirk was put
in his hand, and he was commanded to go
and strike a crowned manikin, placed in a
corner of the room, near a skeleton. . • . •
                  THE JPBEEHASON8.                   51
Some liquid of a blood-color flew from the
wound on the candidate, and covered the
pavement. Moreover, he was ordered to cut
the head of that manikin, to hold it up iu his
right hand, and to keep the dirk stained with
blood in his left hand; and he did it alL
Then he was informed that the bones before
him were those of James Molay, Grand-Mas-
ter of the Order of Templars, and that the
man whose blood he had just spilt, and whose
bloody head he was holding in his right hand,
was Philippe.le.Bel, King of France.l It is
clear that, Philippe-Ie-Bel having been dead
nearly five hundred years, the oath of mur·
der and vengeance was not directed towards
his person, but towards his Toyalty. Conse·
quently, the new Kado8ch, as a true knight,
was one of the foremost among the assassins
of Louis the 16th. Almost all of them were
   The Masonic Ritual expressly says that the
new Elect must avenge the condemnation of
James Molay" either figuratively on the au-

  1 Montjoie,   History of the Oonjuration of Louis Phil-
ippe of Orleans Egalitt
52               THE FREEMASONS.

thors of his punishment, or implicitly on W/I().
ever deserves it by right."-i' Whom do you
know?" he is asked.-HTwo abominable
men."_H Name them."-" Philippe-Ie-Bel and
Bertrand de Goth" (Pope Clement the Vth).
  According to Br.· . Ragon "the sacred
author," it is not only a crowned manikin,
which a. Knight Kadosch is now bound to
strike on the day of hill initiation, it is a ser-
pent with three heads, the- first of which
wears a tiara and a key, th!" second a crown,
and the third a lIword: emblems of Papacy,
Royalty, and Military power, which united to
destroy the Order of Templars. "This serpent
with three heads designates the evil princi-
ple," says the same Br ... Ragon.1
   The secret of the sect leaks ou t more and

  1 A Philosophical and Interpretative Treatise   1m   AftCItIII
and Modern Illitiations.
               THE FREEMASONS.                  53



  At the reception of a Rosicrucian, the
Chief of the Lodge is no more Venerable nor
Most Worshipful; he is called" M08t Wise
and Perfect Master," and all the officers of
the Lodge are" Most Powerful and Perfect."
Perfection is the distinguishing character of
this degree; still let us not confound: it is
Masonic Perfection.
  The candidate is questioned, other
things, on the meaning of the world-renowned
inscription: Inri, which was put by Pilate on
the Cross of Uur Lord Jesus Christ. With
Masons, it does not signify any more Jesus
of Nazareth, King of the Jews; it means, oh
horrible blasphemy I "that the Jew Jesus of
Nazareth, was led by the Jew R&phaeP into
Judea, there to be justly punished for his
crimes." As Boon as the candidate has given
  1 Who Is that Jew Raphael? Conld he be, by chance,
the traitor JUdas, so symphathetlc to Br ••• Renan ?
              THE FREEMASONS.

to the "Most Wise" this sacrilegious in-
terpretation, the "Most Wise" exclaims:
" Brothers, the word has been found again I "
Thul;\, " the word," the secret of the advanced
degrees of Freemasonry, is hatred to Jesus
Christ I
    In the Masonic legends, Our Lord, as de-
8cendingfrom King Solomon,;"ustly atoncs on
the Cr9ss for the pretended murder of Adon-
iram by Solomon, jealous of his architect.
Adoniram is the pretended descendant of
Cain, the pretended son of Lucifer and Eve;
and the actual war of Revolution and Free-
masonry against Church and Royalty, is noth-
ing but tae fatal and logical consequence of
a war begun in the earthly Paradise: the
 war of Lucifer, of Cain his son, of Adoniram
his descendant, and of a whole superior race,
which ha'3 received the gift of science, of
light and of true virtue, against God, Adam,
 Abel, and Solomon,- against Jesus, and the
 inferior race of Adam's children, personified
 by the Priests and the Kings; this latter
 race's special trait being blind force, tyranny
 and ignorance. According to liSSOM, God is
  jea.lous of Lucifer a.nd persecutes him; Cain
              THE FREEMASONS.                55
is persecnted by Adam and Abel, &c. It is
all topsy-turvy; . it is. just the reverse of
truth; it is the apotheosis of rebellion and the
crucifixion of Truth and Righteousness; in a
word, it is Revolution, which, in its funda-
mental doctrine, is essentially antichristian,
atheist, satanic.
   However much advan<:ed in the knowledge
of the secret of Masonry may beaU the Broth-
ers of the high degrees, we must acknowi·
edge that they have not as yet left 1/ the ill·
lighted antechamber," as said 1/ little Tiger;"
they are only growing up Masons, all stalks
and flowers. The fi-uit is much, much fur-
ther hidden in the dark, deep recesses of the
Sect. A Priest wa.s saying this, one day, to a
sort of honest man, but short-sighted, and
long ago promoted to the degree of Rosicru-
cian. This poor man would see in the Cere-
monial of the Lodges nothing but historical
mummeries. "He spared no pains," said
that Priest,." to impress me more favorably
with a society in which he was proud to have
held important posts. He decidedly wanted
to convert me to Freemasonry. I knew he
had but one step more to take to come to the
56            THE FREEMASONS.

 point wben tbe veil is torn, wben it becomes
 utterly impossible to. deceive oneself about
 tbe ultimate aim of tbe true adepts. To
 convince me, be resolved to take that step.
    Very few days after, I see him come to my
house in a state baffiingall attempt at descrip-
tion. "Oh 1 my dear friend, my dear friend,"
exclaimed he, "how right you were 1 . . Ah!
bow right you were I Where was I, 0 my
God, where was I?" He sat, or ratber fell,
down on a cbair, able only to repeat: "Where
was I? where was I? . . Ah 1 how rigbt you
were 1" I wished he had given me some of
the particulars of whicb I was yet ignorant.
He only answered: " You were right, lmt it i8
alll can say." Still, be added that if he ac-
cepted what was proposed to him, he could
repair bis fortune ruined by the Revolution.
"If I wisb," said he," to set out for London,
Bruxelles, Constantinople, or any other city
that I may choose, neither my wife, nor my
children, nor I, shall ever be in want of any-
thing." "Yes," answered I, "but on condi.
tion that you shall go preaching everywhere
equality, liberty, and the whole Revolution 1"
_ I i Just so," murmured he.   "But once more,
              THE FREEMASONS.                57
this is' all I can tell you. Ah I my God; where
was I?"l
   The poor man simply was in the high de-
grees of exterior Masonry; and h'e had just
been allowed to look under the cards. Let
us have our turn, and look at them.

               AND ALL SECRET.

   This Freemasonry is not, any more, that of
the Lodges; it is not ~ven that of the high
degrees; it is purely and simply the Secret
   In .the back Lodge, the Masons throw off
the mask; they scorn and reject the ridicu-
lous and wicked symbolism of the primary
initiations; they go straight to the mark:
" War on God, on His Chriat, and on His
 Church! War on Kings, and on all human
 power which is not with us!" This is their
motto; this is their rallying cry.
  IThe Abbe Barrnel: Jacomnism Unmasked.   Tome
2. pp. 312 and follow.
58           THE FREEMASONS.

   There, no Grand.Orients, no Grand-Masters,
but a frightful unity, realized by an occult
government, as plain as it is skilfully organ-
ized. " Remember," said lately the wretched
Mazzini, "remember that an association of
free and equal m.en (a.lways the same formu-
la I) who aim at overturning a country (he
might have said all 1}onntries) is bound to
have a plain, clear and popular organiza-
   At the head of all this tenebrous army, is
one chief, only one and unknown, who stands
back in the shade, and who holds all the
Shops and Lodges in his hand; mysterious and
terrible chief to whom are bound, by an oath
of blind obedience, all the Masons of all Rites
and of all degrees, who do not even know his
name, and in whose existence most of whom
refuse to believe. This diabolical man is
more powerful than any King in this world.
In the last century, that chief was, fOT very
many years, an obscure German, named Weis-
   The Patriarch of the Secret Societies is
known only to four or five picked adepts,

          1 Proclamation or April, 1884..
              THE FREEMASONl!!.            59
each one of whom keep8 him in relation with
a Section or Lodge (no matter about the
name), and the adepts of that Section know
nothing about the part played among them by
the Lieutenant of the Grand.Chief. Each
one of the Masons of the Section represents
it in tnm, in an inferior section, the members
of which knowing nothing of it; and so forth
-down to the most insignificant Lodges of
exterior Freemasonry, down to the Masonic
meetings apparently the most foreign to the
plots of the Secret Societies.
   In this under-masonic hierarchy, each one
is led without knowing by whom, and fulfills
orders of which the origin and rea) purpose
are unknown to him. It is the true, genuine
Secret Society, secret even for those who are
members of it. Abont forty years ago, the
 Roman police came very near catching the
chief himself of that wide conspiracy. Car-
dinal Bernetti, Secretary of State under Leo
the 12th, succeeded in seizing upon a part
 of the intimate correspondence of the heads
 of the Supreme Lodge, that is, of that first
 Masonic Lodge under the immediate direction
 of the Grand.Chief. One of those .villains
60            THE FREEMASONS.

was in the service of the First Secretary of
the Emperor of Austria, Prince Metternich,
who had in him the utmost confidence. His
war-name was Nubius. Another was a Jew
whose war-name was "Little Tiger." The
correspondence of a third one indicated a
rich Italian landlord. At that time, the cen-
tre of the grand plot was in Italy.
   To distinguish it from exterior Freemason-
ry, the occult one was called OarbonariBm.
Like Freemasonry, Carbonarism is one and
universal; it is "the militant part of Free-
masonry." The number of its adepts is un-
  'Br . '. Louis Blanc, admires, thereby   offi-
cially proving its existence, the organization
of Carbonarism: "It is," says he, " something
powerful and maryellous." . . . It was agreed
that around a Mother association (what Moth-
er, great Gods I) called the High Vente, there
should be formed, under the name of Oent1-al
 Ventes, other associations, under which should
act Particular Ventes (the word Vente means
meeting). To escape the Penal Code, twenty
was the number of members of each associa-
tion. The High Vente was self.recruiting.
                 THE FREE1IlASON8.                    61
   To form the Gentral VenteB, the following
mode was adopted: Two members of the
High Vente would take with them a third per-
son, without trusting him with the knowledge
of their own degree, and they would name
him President of the fi.lture Vente, appointing
themselves, one Deputy, the other Censor in
it. The Deputy's office being to correspond
with the upper association, and that of Cen-
sor to control the working' of the secondary
one, the High Vente thus would be, as it were,
the brains of each of the Ventes created by it,
remaining meanwhile towards it in possession
of its own secret and acts . . . . There was
in that combination a wonderful· elasticity
(that of the serpent). Soon the Ventes be-
came very numerous.
   Br •.• Blanc adds, with the candor of II the
terrible child:" II The impossibility of com-
pletely eluding the efforts of the Police had
been foreseen: 1 to render them of less im-

   1 The better to succeed in this, and to draw in mil-
 itary men, the sect had added to the ordinary organi-
zation of the Ventes a military organization, or, rather,
military appellations : legions, cohorts, centuries, man-
iples; and according to the needs of the time being,
pr~l!ented now one .face, now another.
62            THE -FBEEHASON8.

portance, it was agreed that the VenteB should
act in commoD, without however knowing
each other, and in such a way that the Police
could not, except by penetrating into the
High Vtmle, seize upon the whole collective
system of the organization. Consequently,
every Oarbonaro belonging to a Vente, was
forbidden to try to be admitted into another.
 T ltis prohibiiirm Wall under pennlty qf death.
   The duties of a- Carbonaro were: To have
a gun and fifty cartridges (eminently philan-
thropic precaution); to be ready to sacrifice
lWmseJf (we know what this means); to blind-
ly obey the orders of unknown chiefs.! This
formidable organization, divulged by Br •••
Louis Blanc, had been combined in the Lodge
of tlte Friends of Truth.
   Thus, behind the Lodge is the back Lodge;
behind the Apprentice, Companion, and Mas-
ter-mason, and even behind the Freemasons
of the high degrees is hidden the Carbonaro
Freemason, the man of the Secret Society
and of the VenteB. The Lodges which Free-
m oory publicly acknowledges hide from all

         IBistory or ten years.   Tome 1.

             · THE FREEMASONS.              63
eyes the back Lodges; the degrees hide the
back degrees; the avowed doctrine hides the
mysterious. doctrine; the silly rites and cere·
monies hide the occult plots; the ridiculous
secrets have been invented the better to hide
the true secret; in one word, public Masonry
hides secret Mas.>nry.
   There is an intimate but occult connection
between Freemasonry and Carbonarism; one
is th~ body, the other the Boul; one is the
army of soldiers, the other the army of
chiefs; one is led, the other leads.
   Such is guiltless Freemasonry which pre-
tends to be slandered by the Church.


   Many of these Sectaries shrink neither
from sacrilege nor from assassination. A.t
Rome, during the revolution of 1848, several
nightly meetings were broken into, one among
others in the suburb called Tra·nstevere.
in which the adepts, men and womeD, met to
64             THE FREEMASONS.

celebrate what they called" the Mass of the
Devil." Upon an altar decorated with six
black candles, a ciborium was deposited;
each member, after having spit on the Cruci-
fix and trampled it under feet, brought and
put in the Ciborium a consecrated Host,
which he had received in the morning in some
Church, or which he had· bought from some
wicked poor old woman for money, like Judas.
'l'hen began, I do not know what diabolical
ceremony, which was concluded by an order
given to all to draw the dirk, to ascend the
altar, and t.o strike repeated blows at the
Blessed Sacrament. At the end of that Mass,
all lights were put out.
    From Italy, these sacrilegious practices
have crept amongst us; and very recently,
they have discovered the existence of a kind
of under-Freemasonry, already fully organ-
ized, for the exclusive purpose of agreeing
about the means the more efficaciously and
  Ill" lyt annihilate F'aith.  The sect is divid·
ed i uto small sections of twelve or fifteen per-
  on ach, no more, lest public attention were
a k n d. It is recruited among literary
      u or at least, among persons, who, by their

               THE FREEllrlASONS.             65
 social position, talents or fortune, exercise
 influence around them. 'l'he heads of sec-
 tions do not reside at the places of meetings,
but in Paris, -which is their headquarters.
Horrible to relate I each adept, to be enrolled,
must bring, on his initiation day, a consecrat-
ed Host, and trample it under feet in pres-
ence of the Brothers. I have been assured
that this infernal Sect already exists in most
of' the large cities of' France. They have
named to me as being beyond all doubt in
the number, Paris, Marseines, Aix, Avignon,
Lyons, Chalons-sur-Marne and Laval.
    The reali~y of the following fact - which
is after all but the repetition of' crimes of the
same nature, frequently perpetrated in Italy,
for twenty years past - has been affirmed to
me, as resting on the testimony of an ear·
witness, a venerable and most credible Priest.
    A young man had become a member of
Freemasonry. It seems that he soon was
 judged ripe for grand deeds. From the
Lodge, he passed to the back Lodge, and one
day he was designated to do away with a
victim of the sect. He was obliged to follow
the individual everywhere, and was not able
66            THE   FB:eE~SONS.

to strike him but in America. He came back
to France, racked with remorses of con-
science, half decided no more to have a sbare
in the works of secret Freemasonry. But soon
a new order was issued; a second murder, a
second vengeance is needed. This time his
heart revolted, and he resolved to take to
flight and thus escape the tyranny of the
   He tberefore secretly left Paris to go incog-
nito to Algeria. Hardly was he in Marseilles,
when he received 'at the hotel in which he
was, a brotherly note running thus: "We
know thy design. Thou shalt not escape us.
Obedience or death I " Terrifi~d, he retraces
his steps, and stops at Lyons in an out-of-the-
way tavern. Half an hour afterwards, an
unknown man brings for him a note couched
about in the same words: "Thou shalt obey,
or die 1"
   He immediately leaves the tavern and the
city, and penetrated with repentance as well
as with terror, he takes by-ways to seek
shelter in the monastery of la Trappe of
Dombes, near Belley. The day after his ar-
rival, same warning, same threat: " We are
                THE FREEMASONS.                   67

following thee; in vain thou triest to escape
from us."
   Finally, bewildered, beside himself, and
knowing by experience that the Sect never
forgives, he went, by advice of one of the Fa-
thers of la Trappe, to consult the Priest who
has related all this, and who found the means,
intrusting him to fearless Missionaries, to
make the terrible blood-hoUlids bent on pur-
suing him, lose his trace. l
   This frightful fact is but the literal realiza-
tion of the clear and p"recise instructions
which at present rule the Sect; here are

  1 Very recently, the daughter of a Freemasou, by an
innocent indiscretion, contlrmed the reality of those
stern, inexorable proceedings. That child, twelve
years old, had often heard her Father speak of Free-
masonry and declare that he was a member of it.
  Thanks to her good mother's intluence, she was put
as a boarder in an academy conducted by Religious;
aud she more than once repeated before her compan-
ions, and before the Sisters and the Chaplain of the
Institution, those words which fell from the lips of
her Father : "If anyone of us betrays the secret
contlded to him in Freemasonry, he shall be pursued
to the end of the world; and he shall be done away
with, without the Police, or any human being, ever
being able to know what h!'S become of him,"
68                THE FBIIEMASON'8.

some of the articles of this occult constitution,
framed by Mazzini :
   "ART. SOtho Those who will not obey the OMen
or the Secret Society, or who would reveal its myste-
ries, shall be unmercifully stabbed to death. Same
punishment for traitors."
   "ART. 31st. The secret tribunal shall pass sentence,
and designate one or two members to carry it out im-
   "ART. Z2d. Whoever will refUse to carry out the
sentence, shall be considered a perjurer, and, as such,
killed forthwith."
   "ART. 88d. It the guilty man escapes, he shall be
pursued without intermission, and everywhere; and
he must be struck by an invisible hand, were he even
on his mother's bosom, or in the tabernacle or Christ I"
   Well, after all this, go and be a Freemason I

  THINK     AND    SA.Y   OF, AND    EXPECT     TO DO
  WITH, THEIR DEAR BROTHERS OF                THE   Ex-

   Let us learn it from themselves: "The
Lodges," says the famous "Little Tiger,"
" ca.n now-a.-days create gluttons; they never
                 THE )'B.EEJU80HS.                    69
will give birth to oitilen8. There are too
many dinners given by the T ... C ... and the
T... R ... Br ... of all the Orients; but it is a
"depot," a sort of " stud," a centre through wlliich
one must pass bifore he may come to us . . . .
There is too much of the pastoral and gas-
tronomic in it, but it has a purp<Jse which is
to be always encouraged. When you teach a
man to hold up his tumbler at the word of
command, you obtain the mastery over his
will, intellect and liberty (but then, what be-
comes of the "freemen, the Freemasons? ").
You have him at the end of your fingers ; you
 go round him, you study bim. You divine
bis tastes, inclinations and tendencies; when
he is ripe for us, you lead him towards the
 Secret Society, of which exterior Freemason-
 ry cannot any more be but tbe tolerably ill-
 lighted antechamber." 1 Truly, we are be-
 trayed only by our own people I
    A Freemason who in good faith disclaims
 all idea of affiliation to Secret Societies, is
 then merely a simple Mason, not as yet ripe.
 He is a kind of honest fellow" who is turned

  1 Letter to the :PieamoDtese LodIe, Jan. J:8th, 18211.·
70             THE   FREBMA80N8~

round" to be done up before the sacred fire.
No doubt it is highly honorable for him to re-
fuse to be done up, to be unable to get ripe; he
is not, however, the less in the hands of the
back Lodges; and will he, nill he, at t.he first
sign, he must go or die.
   Go then into the "depot." Select your
place in the" stud." Go and learn" to hold
up arms" with your tumbler! Poor dupes!
[ have shown you the bloody precipices on
the brink of which you are made to sing and


  Let them once more speak themselves; and,
once more let us understand the fatal union
which exi ts between the exterior and the
occult Fr emasonry.
  H r are the words, concerning the Princes
Fr m DS, in which is couched one of the
        otes found by the Roman Police under

               PIE   FREEMASONS.               '11
 Leo the XIIth. "There is some good in the citi-
 zen, but much more in the Prince. The "High
  Vente" wishes that, under this or that pre-
 text, as many Princes and rich people as pos-
 sible be introduced into the Masonic Lodges.
 There are many of them, in Italy and else-
 where, who covet the modest enough honore.
'of the symbolical apron and trowel. Flatter
 those men who are so fond of popularity; lay
 hold of them for Freemasonry; the "High
  Vente" will later see what can be made of
 them for the cause of progress. A Prince
 who is not heir to a kingdom, is a good chance
 for us. There are many of them in that
 case I Make Freemasons of them; they will
 answer like glue to catch the simpletons, the in-
 triguers, the fops, the needy. 1'hose poor
 Princes are the thing for us, whilst they fancy
 that they are working for themselves. They
 are a splendid signboard. l
    They are more than a signboard; they af-
 ford a very efficacious protection. MaElons
 themselves say so : "The joining our Order
 by Princes is a very good omen," says Br.· •

         1 Letter to tile PledmonteBe Lodge.
72            THE FREEMASONS.

J eder in his History of Freemasonry (p.
149). "Although they cannot contribute to
the construction of the Masonic Temple, al.
though we must submit to see the brilliant
insignia attached to their button-holes, t1tey
are of a very great value to the Order, on ac-
count either. of their riches, or of their immense
influence. No matter how free secret associ:
ations may appear to be, still, they depend
too much on the dispositions of superior
classes; they cannot come to their full growth
but in the rays of the sun, under a cloudletls
sky. Where the Prince frowns, it would look
badly did we wish to rise too high, whilst we
may unfurl all sails, when a favorable 7Jreeze
blows/rom the Court. May our august guests
 continue to remain dumb· and inactive lih
 Martin's doU / "
   Impossible to langh at people more /reily.
   The II poor Princes" the great men, the rich
 have allowed th(lmselves to be entrapped.
 " Thanks to the clever mechanism of the Insti.
 tution, Freemasonry found Princes and Noble-
 men to be rather protectors than enemies.
 Some Kings, as the great Frederic, were
 pleased to handle the trowel and gird the
                THE FREEMASONS.                     73
apron. Why not? The existence of the high
degrees being carifUlly hidden f1·om them, they
knew 0/ FreemaJJonry only what could be shown
without danger. They had no occasion to think
of those degrees, kept aJJ they were in the lower
ones, where they saw but an opportunity for
amusement, merry banquets, principles left
and adopted again at the threshold of the
Lodges, formulas without any bearing on or-
dinary life; in a word, a comedy of equality.
But, in these matters, tragedy comes on the
heels of comedy; and Princes and Noblemen
were made to cover with tlteir name, and blind-
ly to help with their influence occult undertak-
ings directed against themselves. This fact is
attested by another Mason. l
   We find, besides, in the Scotch Ritual, the
form of oath by which Masters bind them-
selves to hide even from their Grand-Orients,
what these must be ignorant of:· "1 swear
and promise never to reveal the least part of
our mysteries to anyone, not even to the Mas-
ter of the whole Order, the moment I shall see
him not acknowledged in a High Lodge."

   1 Br ... Louis Blanc's History of the French ReDolu-
tion. Tome 2d. pp. 82 and 83.
74            THE FREEMASONS.

   It goes of itself that (except Philippe Ega-
!itt;) no Sovereign, no official person joining
Freemasonry, ever has been, is, or shall be
"acknowledged by the High Lodges." In
the list of' the Grand-Masters or protectors
of the Order, we read the names of Louis de
Bourbon, royal Prince (1743); of MarquiR of
Larochefoucauld (1777); of' Duke of Luxem.
bourg 0784); of' Joseph Bonaparte,Kingof
Spain (1805); of Prince Cambaceres (1807);
of' Duke of Choiseul (1827); of Duke Deca-
zes, Kiug Louis Philippe, Lord Palmerston,
Leopold I., King of the Belgians, Prince
Lucien Murat, Count Cavour, &c. The Mer
Bonic .Ann'Uarll indicates among the actual
Grand-Masters, George the Vth., King of Han-
over, the King of Sweden, the Grand-Duke
of Hesse Darmstadt, Prince Frederic of the
Netherlands, and the Grand-Duke of Hesse.
The King of Prussia is the protector of all       I

the German Freemasons.
   Those "august guests" of Freemasonry
know it less than anyone else. From them
its true aim and spirit are most carefully
bidden. They know its statutes; but those
statutes are framed only to deceive the dupes
                      THE FRF.EMASON8.                           75
    who fancy themselves initiated, and above all
    to ward off public authority. By protecting
    Freemasonry, the Mason-Princes evidently
    imagine they protect a good thing, and es-
    pecially themselves.
        Sometimes, however, suspicion goes up to
    them, and they threaten to suppress the
    Order; but their uneasiness is easily qui-
    eted. "It has at times happened," says Br.·.
    Ragon, II that persons delegated to suspend,
    in the name of the Sovereign, Freemasonry in
    his kingdom, presenting themselves on a Ma-
    sonic working or Feast Day, were blandly re-
     ceived by the officers of the Lodge, and told
    in a tone of candor: II Come, hear and judge."
     Were they initiated to a degree of Elect, or
     Kadoscl~, or RosiCTUcian? No, no, indeed I . .
     They were admitted to the degree of Ap-
     prentice; they would fraternize with the
     Masons, and, on tl~e strength of their report,
     tlte order of suspenl1ion Was revoked."!
    . In sober reality, here is the fate reserved
     for Princes and Noblemen by Freemasonry-
     the true Freemasonry - when the strongest:
        1 P Mlo8QjJhical and Interpretati116 7Teati8e   011   the .An-
     cient and .Modern Initiatio7l8. p. «.


76                THE FREEMASONS.

"Princes, bigots and Noblemen, the impla-
cable enemies of mankind, must be annihilated
(notbing short of that), and their property
assigned to those who, by their talents, science
and virtue, (i. e. to us Masons) alone have
the right and power to govern others (and
what of equality? and of liberty?). Against
those enemies of mankind, we have all rights,
and all dutie8. Yea, everything is lawful to
anniltilate them: 'lJiolence and craftineBB, fire
and sword, poison and dagger; tILe aim Ba~
fies the means." 1
   Therefore, Freemasonry loves Prince81 No-
blemen and rich men, as the wolf loves the
sheep. Therefore, Princes, Noblemen, and
rich men, affiliated to Masonry, far from see-
ing into the back Lodges, do not even see in-
to the public ones; they are· seen, and, above
all, shown and paraded in them; they are pnt
in front, as "magnificent signboards" to bring
in customers. Did they listen to the Church,
they would not be caught in the trap.

  1 Br   .•. Flchte, Member or the Gennan and Unlnf'o
Ba1 Masonry.     Supplementary ..4d11ef1i8emen1. p. ~6.

              THE FREEllA80N8.               77


   That organization has no connection what-
eyer with that of the occult Freemasonry.
Carbonarism or occult Freemasonry is essen-
tially one and universal; it has but one chief;
and that chief it does not know. Exterior
Freemasonry is one and universal only in its
inmost being;- in its form it is multiple.
There are about sixty different forms of" Free-
masonry assuming different names. Thus,
there are: the Grand-Orient of France, the
Gr.' . 0.'. of Italy, the Gr ... Or ... of Spain,
of .Portugal, of the Netherlands, of Saxe, of
Mexico, of New Grenada, of Peru, of Hayti,
of Brazil, of the United States, &c.; there
are the Grand.Lodge8 of Munster, of Scot-
land, of Denmark, of Hamburgh, of Ireland,
of New York, &c.; there are the Scotch
II Su preme Council" of France, the Supr ...

Conc ... of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg,
'18           THE FBEE:MASONS.

of England, of Charleston, of New York, of
Brazil, &0.,- the Swiss Supreme Directory,
the Oriental of Misraim, etc., etc.
   To speak only of the Gr.'. Or.·. of France,
let us say that the Grand.Master, who goes
by the name itself of Great-Orient, has. under
his obedience the Lodges and Workshops of
all the Masons who do not acknowledge either
the Scotch or the Misraim rites. He is !,ssisted
by a large number of counsellors, almost all
of them known and influential persons, among
w hom shines the too famous Renan, the dar-
ing blasphemer of Christianity; he is Grand-
Chancellor. The Lodges and W orkshop~ are
divided into Provinces or Orients. The de-
crees of the Grand.Orient thus reach all the
Brothers in a hierarchical way.
   But, let it be well noticed, this is only the
Exterior Freemasonry, which does not con-
 spire and plot like the other. Moreover, if,
among the high dignitaries of the Order, some
 are initiated to the odious mysteries of Car-
 bonarism, it is without the knowledge of au-
   Most of the Lodges have incredible names.
 In the /I Universal .A:nnuary of the FrencA
               THE FREEMASONS.                 79

and Foreign FreemaBOnry, printed at Chalons
Sur-Marne, and published in Paris, at Br ...
Pinon's, we find a lengthy enumeration of' all
those Workshops, all those Lodges with the
names and addresses of the Venerables. and
of the dignitaries high and low: Br.·. First
Uverseers, Br ... Introductors, Br ... Masters
of Ceremonies, Br. '. Sacrificers, Br. '. Ora-
tors, Br.... Masters of Banquets, &c. There
are also the names and addr~sses of the
Knights Kadosch, Rosicrucians, of St. An-
drew, of the Sun, &c., with the exception,
however, of few whom prudence has left in
the shade, among others, the name of Renan.
   In Paris, and its liberties, there are 8f:Venty-
one Lodges grouped into four Sections, and
almost all of them meeting once a month on
fixed days, indicated in the .Annuary.
   At those meetings take place the celebrated
 love-feasts, the brotherly banquets, which in
 the ideas of the public are all that constitutes
 Freemasonry. There also are taken up col-
 lections in behalf of poor members. Free-
 masonry highly extols its philanthropy, a col-
 orless caricature of true Charity. The Church
 alone knows how properly to love the poor.
80             THF. FREEMASONS.

   In the other parts of France, there are two
hundred and five Lodges; in Algeria and the          I

Colonies, twenty-eight; in all, three hundred
and jour Lodges, which work nnder that one
Obedience, to the Glory of the Great Archi·
tect and for the salvation of "souls. The
Gr ... Or . '. of France is at the head, be-
sides, of thirty/our Lodges in foreign coun·
   Here are. some names of Lodges which,
reader, may please yon much: The Lodge
of 4dmirers oj the Unive:rse, Zealous PhtW:f/r
thropists, St. Anthony ojPerfect Oontentedneas,
Triumphing Friends, Oosmopolitan Olement
Friendship, Disciples oj ltkmphis, ROBe of
Pe:rject Silence, Philosophical Bre-hive, 'I'rimo-
8Opl~ists of Be?'CY, &c. The other cities have       I

not a less dainty share, and in them blossom
the Lodges of Oandor, Love Valley, Simplici-
ty-Oonstancy, School of Virtue, United J1irtue6,
   The Scotch and Misraim Rites christen their
Lodges with somewhat less ridiculous names.
The Scotch rite numbered, in 1866, ninety-
eigltt Lodges: thirty/ Paris, jorty-three
in the other cities of France, twenty-one in
                   THE FREEMASONS.                  81
   Algeria and other foreign parts. The Misraim
   rite seems less prosperous, at least according
   to the .A.nnuary under our eyes.
      All the rites of exterior Freemasonry
  form, I repeat it, but one Masonry; and in
  the .A.nnuary, we see the list of' the 'delegates
  of all these Obediences to the Supreme Coun-
  cil of the Grand-Orient of France, and to that
  of the Scotch rite; and it is evident that all
  the Freemasonries of' the whole Universe
  thus correspond direct one with the other.
  It is an immense woof filled up by chained
  and interchained threads, although distinct
  and often at war.
     "Spread all over the world," says the Ritual,
  "our Brothers nevertheless form but one com-
  munity. All are initiated to the same secrets,
  follow the same way, ar& trained under the
. same rule, are inspired by the same spirit. l
  No roll.tter to what acknowledged rite a Mason
  may belOIig, he is Br ... of' all the Masons of
  the world." 2
                   1 Degree of Ancient.
   I   General Regulations of Scotch Masonry. Art. 2.
82             THE FREEMASONS.

              HAVE US BELIEVE?

   We have just spoken of collections and
philanthropy: in fact Masonry has succeeded
in being everywhere considered as a charita·
ble, good, eminently beneficent and philan-
thropic Institution. The Church calls herself
the mother of the poor. 1, exclaims Masonry
at every turn, I am their mother.-Does it
tell the truth? .
   It is truthful in this no more than in any
thing else j and when it speaks openly, it
thro\vs out, on the subject of the poor, revolt
ing acknowledgments. Br. '. Ragon, who
gives us an insight into the genuine Masonic
spirit, calls the indigent Masons" that ltideous
leprosy of Masonry in France j m and he warm·
ly· recommends to all the Lodges the rule of

  1 Philo8ophictJZ and Interpretati?Je Thatise on ~
and Modem Initiatio7llJ. pp. 868.
              THE FREEMASONS.               83
charity laid down by Br.·. Beurnonville:
" Never bring for admission but men who can
stretch out the hand to give, not to beg."
   Another Brother, himself an authority,
Br ... Bazot, speaks of the poor with a no
less Evangelical feeling: "The indi~ent Ma-
SOD," says he, II is at your house, on yom
heels, in your/Lodges always; he is an evil
genius, besetting you everywhere and at
all hours. Nothing can make you shake off
his importunity; and his insolence knows no
limits, no obstacles. He is there at your ris-
ing, at your business hours, at your meals, at
your going out. It were better to meet him
armed witp. a dirk; you might at least sh.:>w
courage against the murdering weapon. Pro-
tected only by his title of Mason, he tells you:
'I am a Mason; give me alms; for I am
your Brother, and your law commands you to
assist those in need. Give, or else I shall
 everywhere publish that you are a wicked,
 bad Brother.' "
    "Give, Masons I" continues the gotJd
 Brother, II but be ready to give unceasingly.
 The ambush is permanently set up." (The
 ambush I what word I how cynical I)
 84            THE FREEMASONS.

   " The fault lies at the door of the Lodges.
 Did. Lodges receive in the brotherly (I) ~so­
 ciation none but honora.ble men (thus, to be
 Jwnorahle, one must be rich), enjoying an in-      I

 dependent position through their fortune or
 their industry, they, and all the Masons would
 have to alleviate none but transitory misfor-
 tunes. 1ll This they call cordial love of the
 poor; there is their true, genuine fraternity!
 Poor philanthropy 1 thou mayest order col-
 lections and give away money j thou art not
 even the shadow of Charity j thou hast 110
 heart 1


     Its organization, both occult and public, is
  alone sufficient to prove it to evidence. Its
. works likewise prove it j it boasts, by the in
  discreet pen of its most fervent adepts, of
  having been, for more than a century, the
  unknown, but real cause of all the great re-
  ligious commotions which have terrified the
  whole world, and especially Europe.

      1 Code of the Freemasons. pp. 116 and 111.
                  THE FREEMASONS.                       86
  It boasts, with proofs at hand, of having
given 'birth to the revolutionary philosophy
of the last century, and of having had for its
organs Voltaire, Helvetius/ Rousseau, Dide-
rot, d'Alembert, Condorcet, Mirabeau, Sieyes,
la Fayette, Camille DesIDoulins, DaItton, Ro-
bespierre, Marat, Santerre, Petion, etc, It
boasts of having stricken with a deadly blow
Christian Monarchy in the persons of the un-
fortunate Louis the XVIth, and of Queen
Marie Antoinette; it boasts of having brought
about iu France the bloody revolution of '89
and '93. " When, from the inmost recesses of

   l.At the def\j;h of Helvetius, the materialist and athe-
ist, his widow sent back his regalia to the Lodge of the
NifUl Sisters to which he had belonged. Helvetius' apron
was offered to Voltaire; and Voltaire, the great Vol-
taire, ~efore girding it, religiously kissed it as ~ relic.
Voltaire, who surnamed himself Christ-mocking, was
not contented with having been received a Freemason
in England; his conscience and piety were not satisfied
nntil he was Initiated to the French Masonry. He was
admitted to it on the 7th of April, 1778, seven weeks be-
fore his death, no doubt by way of immediate prepara-
tion for it. He was proclaimed Perfect Mason at once,
and dispensed with probations,. "for," said the Broth-
ers, .. sixty years of life devoted to virtue and to genius,
had made him sufficiently known."
86            THE FREEMASONS.

tlle Lodge8," said Br ... Bdmond to the Or .••
of Marseilles, " when,/rom the inmost r~
0/ the LodyM, went forth those three words:
tion was consummated." And another Mason,
initiated' from youth to the highest degrees
 of the Sect, in Prussia, Count of Tangwitz,
 made in 1822 the following declaration: "I
 have come to the clear conviction that the
 drama commenced in 1788 and 1789, the
 Regicide with all its hon'ors, not only !lad
 been resolved upon in the Lodges, but were,
 moreover, tlle result of associations and oaths."
 Finally, the Grand Chapter of'the German
 Masons, rejoicing to see the havoc cansed by
 infidelity and revolt, already spreading from
 France over all Europe, and even America,
 triumphantly exclaimed in 1794: "Our Or-
 der has revolutionized the Nations of Europe
 for many generations to come."
     Most of the revolutionary men, so deeply
  impious, in 1830, were Freemasons. So -it
  was in 1848; only, the antichrist!an side of
  the question craftily was much more conceal-
  ed than in the preceding upturnings.
     Nearly all the coryphei of cotemporary im-
              THE FREEMASONS.              87
piety are Freemasons: Mazzini, Garibaldi,
KOIilRU th, Juarez, &c.  ConSlequently Freema-
sonry loudly proclaims that it prepares and
puts to execution in the dark, the destruction
of the Catholic Religion in Italy, Germany,
Austria, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Mexico.
It everywhere fills the most important offices;
it penetrates in all the armies, and great cor-
porations of the State; it controls most of
the newspapers. It gives impulsion at will
to most of Governments, and its universal
watchword is: "Down with the Church I
Down with authority I No more Priests I no
more Christ I no more God!" Let it be well
known, this is· what Freemasonry means by
that magical word Liberty, which it makes to
glitter before the deceived eyes of all No.-
tiona,-as of old, Eden's serpent showed to
Eve the beauty of the forbidden fruit.
    Freemasonry declares itself to be on the
high rOtl.d to progress and full prosperity. It
very recently said through one of its periodi-
 cal publications: "Unmistakable symptoms
 prove that the day is dawning when Masonry
 is to witness a considerable development of
 its power and influence on the world. MQre
88               THE FREEMASONS.

and more every day does Masonry understand
the importance of its Mission; it is throwing
away the swaddling clothes with which ne-
cessities of a by-gone period had wrapped it.
lt knows what its motto means; and Boon,
putting aside the la~t veils of a vague mysti-
cism, it shall proclaim forth as principle and
basis of the Institution, the complete indepen-
dence of conscience. Let us rejoice at the su~
cess of our Brethren's efforts; ever)'where
appears the luminous sign of the Eternal
Jehovah.~l                               .
   Who is that" Eternal Jehovah" whose sign
appears everywhere, thanks to the Freema-
 sons? Weare going to see i~


   Let no one be deceived; the God whom it
affects to venerate under the whimsical name
of Great Architect of all the worlds, is not
     1 Tlwl MalOnic World, Aug., 1866, and Feb., 1861.
               THE FREEMASONS.                89
the living God, the only true God, Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost, whom we adore; he is
not our Creator, Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ, God made man, the only true God;
he is the God of Voltaire, the Supreme Being
of Rousseau, of the Convention, and of Robes-
pierre; he is the God of the Theophilanthro-
pists, the God of the indifferent, sung by
Bliranger, the God of Renan and Garibaldi,
the God of the religion of the so-called hon-
est man. He is the God who does not exist.
For that reason, Masons affect to count for
nothing, Revelation or Christ's coming; they
reject the Christian era, and in all their publi-
cations they date the years from the Creation;
according to the Christian era, we are (at the
time when I am writing this work) in the
year 1867,-according to the Masonic era,
in 5867. 'I'bis negation of Christianity were
childish, if it were not impious.
   Freemasonry speaks of God solely not to
scare the multitudes. To that same intent, it
traitorously puts on the appearances of a Re-
ligion; it has a whole code of ceremonies and
rites; it confers a baptism of its own; it has
a Masonic marriage, a ceremonial for burials,
90               'ftIJl FREEMASON!.

etc., all of them with invocations, blessings,
the use of incense, consecrations,! in a word,
an appearance of worship. This is for the
   But, as to your pure-blooded, true 'Masons,
they are not so particular; they openly deny
God's existence. The others, those who are
not ripe, often preserve, with God's name,
that vague religious feeling, which does not
perplex conscience, and which excites the
true Mason's pity. Everyone knows that,
practically, Deism resembles Atheism in
all; it is a respectful and latent Atheism.
Now, Freemasonry is Deist in that sense,
when it is not avowedly Atheist. For that
reason, the German Lodges very recently
mllde the following declaration: " Deist
Freemasons are alJove religious dissebsions,
We must place ourselves not only above the
different Religions, but' above all belief in 8
God of any kind." II
  In France, they speak as in Germany. It I
is the heart's outpouring. The Masonic I
 World said, when discussing the first article I
              1 See   the Masonic Ritual.
       II 1I'reemaso,,',Gazette, Dec 15th, 1866.
               THE FREEMASONfi.                  91
 of the statutes of Freemasonry, where God's
 existence and the soul's immortality are men-
 tioned: "What, will some one say, is there
 nothing required from a man to be worthy to
 be a Mason? Nothing, except he be an u p-
 right man.-Does he reject the idea of God ?
 Suggest to him any idea that may satisfy his
 reason.-Does he doubt future life? Prove
to him that to believe in nothing is an ab-
surdity.-Does he refuse to admit the basiB
 of good morals? What of that I if he does
live and act as if he admitted them." 1
    Therefore, Freemasonry, Deist or Atheist,
is the absolute negation of religion. This
is Dot my saying j it is Proudhon's. Says he ~
" Freemasonry is the negation even of therelig-
t.oua element." It wants God or Religion' n-o
more; it wants to exclude them from educa-
tioD, from private and public morals, from
man's life and death.. Its most serious writers,
especially the modern ones, are at the head
of the hideous movement of atheism and ma-
terialism, which has been felt for some years i
they praise and endorse with complacency

       l.Freema80n's Gazette, September, 1866.
92               THE FREEMASONS.

the most daring antichristian pub1icatioD~,
such as the Independer1t EthicB, the Fret
Thought, the Free Conscience, the Solidarity
newspapers. " We welcome," lately said &
Freemason newspaper, " all our new co-writ.
ers, some of them are old friends, and we are
haPP'!! to know that aU theae newspaper8, flot
one excepted, are controlled by Masons, and
that the majority of the writer8 are MCJ801I8.,,1
  In Belgium and everywhere, Freemasonry
gives birth to that awful Sect of the Soli-
daires, so called because they bind them-
selves "in solido," by an express contract,
one to the other, to live without religion aDd
to die without any of its last rites,-like
  That this or that Freemason does not go to
that excess of irreligion, we readily grant;        I

but, as to Freemasonry in itself, it may 88~'
what it pleases, it is an essent.ially impious,
antichristian and atheist Institution.

        1   The MalOnic World, November. 1866.


            WORSmp OF THE SUN.

   Yes, of the SUIh the Moon, and the Stars.
   It is in the name of Science, and intellectu.
al progress, of which it forever speaks, that
Freemasonry pretends that "God is neither
proved, nor provable;" that the Christian
ethics, which rest on the fear and love of God,
are childish, useless and immoral; that our
Lord either never did exist, or was just a man
like any other; time, it says, has come when
we must be 40ne with the Church, the Pope
and the Priests. And, strange to say I through
its pretended science and intellectual pro-
gress, it comes to an excess of stupidity
which would be incredible, were it not attest-
ed by its own adepts: do you know who
is,at bottom, the God to whom it looks? ..•
The Sun I Yes, once more, the Sun; as do
those brutes with a human face met with at
times in the lowest and most degra.ded strati"
of our unchristian society. Listen, if you
   In the initiation oeremeny to the degree of
Master, the third· in Freemasonry, here is
what the "Most Worshipful" says point l>laIik
to the new elect: "The Adoniram of Free-
masonry, the same as Osiris, Mithra, Bacchus,
and all the gods worshippeq. in ancient mys-
teries; is one of the thousand personifications
of the Sun. Adoniram, in fact, means in He-
brew lofty life, which clearly designates the
position of the Sun in relation to the Earth..
 . • . In all ceremonies performed in Lodges,
you wiJJ, constantly trace the same idea. Thus,
our association bas put itself under the inv()o
cation of St. John, that is, Of Janus, the Sun
of the Solstices. We, cODsequently, at the
two Solstices of tbe year (June 21st and De-
cember 21st) celebrate thefeast of our Patron,
with full (g)astronomical ceremonies. The ta-
ble at which we sit, is in the shape of a horse-
shoe, and figures the half of the circle of th~
Zodiac; and in our works at table (sic) we of.
fer seven toasts in honor of the seven plan·
   Dr ... Rabold says that the miracles and
the acts of the life of Jesus must be explain-
ed by "80lar appearances." Br.·. Grand·
Chancellor Renan declares, in the Revue dM
deuz-Mondes (Oct.15th, 1863,) that" the wore
ship of the Bun ilI.the only rational and scien-
tific worsM.p," and that "the Sun is the spe-
cial God oj our Planet I "-Textual quotation.
   The worship of the Sun I here, then, is the
last word of tho·se strong.minded me19., who
speak of nothing but progress, light, science,
and who modestly denominate themselves
" Sublime Princes of Truth I" Here is the
pious meaning of that Gospel according to
St. John, which we have seen placed before
the eyes of the yet profane ;man, at the begin-
ning of the Apprentice's trials I Here- is the
famous " light," here are "the purifying
flames" which the Venerable generously
gives to the Apprentice I Here is the mean-
ing of" the glittering star," and of the blue
ribbon put on across from shoulder - to side I
The worship of the Sun, the degrading wore
ship of matter, of the God-nature, or, to speak
more correctly, an atheism the more shameful
because it hides itself under the cloak of mor-
ality and benefioence, and which is not only
96            THE FREEMASONS.

impious, but moreover, hypocritical: what 3
punishment for the pride of those strong-
minded men I
   And Freemasonry- dares to call itself" the
origin and spring of all the social virtues"
(words of Br.·. Ragon), and also" the purest
philosophy, the origin of the fables of all wor-
ships (sic), the well in which Truth seems to
have taken refuge III" What impudence I
   From that dark well have sprung up, in
fact, for nearly two centuries, the waves of
blasphemies, ungodly acts, daring negations,
lies, slanders against the Church. rebellions,
destructions, occultly atheist institutions,
which threaten Christian civilization with U>-
tal shipwreck I From that well have espec-
ially sprungnp in these latter years, Renan's
and Prolldhon's blasphemies - diabolical blas-
 phemies which Lodges have scattered to the
 winds in alllan~ages. From that well, spring
 np daily the powers of all sorts which rush
 against Rome, shake off the fonndations of
 the Papacy, and which wonld fain nncrown
 Christ and His Vicar.
   At bottom, materialism is the doctrine of
               TIIl!l FREEMASON8.              97

              THE MASONIC PRESS.

   Masonry displays a feverish activity in its
propagandism; peaceful zeal is truth's char-
acteristic - agitation, error's. Masonry agi-
tates itself prodigiously. Its means of action
are varied and powerful; it fires at us on all
sides. Let us prove it, although confining
ourselves to France.
   Its first weapon is "the Press." Already
we have seen that most news·papers are under
i~s indirect control. It has, besides, publica-
tions of its own, more or less wicked, accord-
ing to their greater or lesser frankness. It
 has first The Freemason, a monthly review,
 quite anodyne, established in 1847, on the
 eve of the February revolution, and destined
 to erdighten the mind and to make joyful the
 heart of all the green Br.... It is respectful to·
 wards Religion, at least in its deportment; it
 is the orthodox and mystic paper of Freema-
98            THE FBEBMASON8.

Bonry. The gennine progre88-MaBonIJ unmer·
cifully call it If J eBuit."
   Next it has tlte Journal of the Initiated,
also a monthly review, published in two simi-
lar parts, the latter of which is called the
new Birtl,. In this one neither the name of
Freemason nor of Freemasonry is 'pronounc-
ed; it is If the part of propagandism i it prop-
agates the work of FreemaBonry without nam-
ing it, in order to keep away preJudices." 1 0
good faith! U candor I
     It has tlte MaBonic World, much more
advanced publication, and, of course, much
more/rank and more MaBonic. We have here-
tofore quoted it several times. It wages war
on the two others, and aCCUBes them to be
behind the times, and form-serving; as to it-
   11~ it is squarely a free-thinking, independ.
ent paper, far abo\'e all religious ideas. It is
til lib ral camp, which aims at reforming ex-
t ri r Freemasonry, and at officially suppress-
ing v n the name of If Great A.rchitect of
the       iverse." That party ig rapidly pro-
gre ing despite of its failure in having yet

             1 No. for January, 1861.

              THE FREEMASONS.               99
its views adopted. Although most of the
Jesuit Masons look upon this traditional for-
mula only as a mere formality, which leaves
to all the Brothers full liberty to be atheists,
nevertheless, the liberal Masons cling to its
suppression; this old thing smells too much
of Religion, and may have its dangers.
    Masonry also claims as its own the fully
atheist newspapers above-mentioned: The
Independent EtMcs, tke Free Tlwugkt, tke Free
 OonBcience, tke Solidarity; and there is noth-
ing to prevent it from counting amongst its
moat genuine productions, or at least, among
its most devoted auxiliaries, a good number
of large and Rmall newspapers, such as tke
 Siede, tke National Opinion, tlte National Fu-
ture, tke Times, the Liherty, the Journal des
 Dtbats. Those papers do not, however, feel
 it necessary to date their numbers from the
 year 5867. They likewise discreetly leave in
 the shade the slang of the Brothers and
 friends, as well as the celebrated sacramental
 sign.· ..
     The Re:vue des deux Mondes is, under
 that SRme point of view, in the service of
 Freemasonry and its sacrilegious work. Nep'
100           THE FREEMASONS.

ly all its contributors are known rationalists,
or heretics; some are atheists, like Renao,
Taine, Littre, &c.
   Thus, in France, the Press is mostly Mason-
ic, that is, anticatholic and antichristian.
What a danger for the Faith of the people 1


  This second weapon is perhaps more dan-
gerous even than the first. Masonry seemed
to have somewhat neglected it; it sees it,
and is concocting projects which we will
presently unveil.
  By Baptism, by Catechism, and by First
Communion, the Church makes Christiaos, aud
lays the basis of their religious life. Free-
masonry, which is the anti-Church, rejects all
that, or to speak more correctly, wants to Ia)',
in place of this Q!uistian basis, a Masooic
one, completely estranged from Christianity.
               THE   PREEMASON8~               101
It first tries to put the Masonic seal on quite
young children. It has a ceremony of adop-
tion which is performed "under the shining
of the Masonic light," and it says to the poor
child whom it adopts: "May the Masonic
light shine before your eyes, as later we shall
make it shine before your mind." 1 As the
baptized child becomes a Christian and a
member of the Church, so the adopted child
becomes a young wolf, if a male; a she young
wolf, if' a female,-· a.nd member of Freema-
Bonry. These young wolves, if indigent, are
entitled to the Brothers' alms.
   In a hospital at Avignop, a poor woman
lately came to the Sisters with a babe eleven
months old; she told the Superioress that she
was passing through the city, and came to
ask Borne medicine for her child. The Relig-
ious, whilst fondling it, saw a strange medal
hanging from its neck. "What medal is this?"
said she. " It is the Freemason's medal," an-
swered the poor woman j and as the Sister
was blaming her for it, warning her that Free-

 1 Br . '. Ragon, Bituar 01 the ..4doption 01 YllUng
102            THE FREEMASONS.

masons are excommunicated, the unfortunate
woman frankly answered: "If I present my-
self with this medal before the Chief of Itt
Lodge, I shall immediately obtain from him
money to enable continue my journey."
   It seems that in certain wards of Paris, the
number of young toolve8 is very large, among
the children of the laboring classes. Unfor-
tunate little ones I
   But it is, above all, through schools that
Freemasonry seeks to lay hold on the chil-
dren. "The world of profane people must
be prepared to receive our princiriu," said
"the Masonic Wo:rld," Oct.,5866. "I consider·
primary instruction as the corner stone of our
edifice •• Must religious instruction be taken
away from the programme? ... The princi-
ple of snpernaturalauthority (that is, Faith)
which strips man of his dignity, is 'U8eleaa to
train children (what absence of practical gooQ
Rense I), and apt to lead them to lor8Oke all m0-
rality (what absence of moral sense I), tliere.
lore, it is urgent to give it up. We shall teach
rights and duties in the name of liberty, of
conscience, of reason, and also in the name
of solidarity." Is not this a fine specimen of

              THE FREEMASONS.               103.
the revolutionary slang, hollow yet sonorous,
which, with its high-sounding words, does not
know what it says I "Masonry must be the
mould of modern Society j it must form/ree
men (we know that freedom). To create
8chools 1 for adults especially, and orphan asy-
lums, is tll£ best means to spread F1·eemasonry."
   These wishes, adopted by a large number
of Lodges, were sanctioned and carried out
by a decree from the Grand-Orient of France
(in Ja.nuary, 5867, or to use the Christian
date, 1867). This decree states-" that it was
in Council decided that the Gr.'. Or.'.
should head a work, the object of which is to
encourage and propagate primary instruc-
tion, by awa.rding rewards every year, both
to male and female teachers, and to pupils,
and by creating, when ciroumstances shall
allow it, primary and adult schools." Then
 the circular sets forth the organization of the
 work, which shall be directed by the Lodges,
 or by committees appointed by them,- the
 mode of subscribing, and the n~cessity of
 showing zeal, with the clause that the rewards
 and the savings'.banks'-books shall be accom-
 panied by a medal, with the following inscrir>
104           THE FREEMASONS.

tion : "Grand-Orient of France. Enconrage-
ment to primary instruction given in the name
of the Masons of the Orient of . • . . "
   The propagandism of the Protestant schools
is assuredly very dangerous j but this, if I
am not mistaken, will be far, far more.
   To bring this to completion, the Ma8CmW
 World (January, 5867) annonnces "the com-
position of a Catechism of Ethics, for the use
of children, adapted to their capacity; a cat-
echism which is to teach them to follow their
conscience, rather than tradition (that is rath-
er than Religion and the Church), to be virtn-
ous on principles (as if Christians were not
virtuons on principles I), on conviction (as if
Faith was not a conviction the most serious
of all, and even the only serious one I), and
 disinterestedly (as if hope of heaven and
fear of hell prevented ns from serving and
loving God purely I)." In the month of June,
 1~67,a reward of five hundredfrancs was to
be and surely has been given to that effect.
   Finally, in November, 1866, a league 0/ in-
 atruction for France, in imitation of the one
 at work in Belgium since 1864, was inaugur-
 ated by the Masons of .Alsace. That league's
               THE FREEMASONS.                105
fundamental principle is "to subserve the
private interests of no religious denomination
wll,atsoe:ver," in other words, altogether to ban-
ish Faith from instruction and education.
Br _.. Mace, promoter of that impious league,
had in one month received numerous sub-
scriptions, and the Masonic World declared
(February, 1867,) that .. all Masons must giV6
in their collective adhesion to this beneficent
league, and that Lodges must study, in the
peaceful retirement of their Temples (sic) the
best means to make it effectual." •
   And there are in France sixteen hundred
thousand Masons I Judge if the danger is
imaginary I Be warned, not only you, Pas-
tors of souls, but you, fathers of family who
are preserving in your heart the least spark
of Faith I

                 YOUNG GIRLS.

  Before speaking of feminine Freemasonry,
let us in few words make known a. new Ma-
106            THE FBEEMASONS.

 sonic, very dangerous institutiou: the profu-
 sional 8choo18 for young girls.
    The professional school's object is to devel.
 op primary instruction, and to prepare young
 girls belonging to the well·to-do laboring
 classes, or to the retail trades, for the differ-
 ent special professions in which they will be
 able honorably to make a living. Nothing
better in itself; nothing more useful. Free-
masons, understanding how important is the
part of woman in the world, have just found-
ed professional schools in Paris. They have,
it is said, vast projects with regard to this.
Already, two large schools have been opened,
and are carried on under the Lodges' protec-
tion. They are conducted by ladies and fe-
male teachers enjoying their confidence.
   We have nothing to say of the material
side of those Institutions; intelligence and
devotedness can, by themselves, overcome
great difficulties, and bring about serious re-
sults. But, what we must here both show and
lament, is the principle of practical Atheism,
the fundamental principle of Masonry, which
suggests the establishment of those schools;
it is a positive system of religious indiffer-
              THE I'REEJUSON8.              107
ence; it is the exclusion of aU idea of God,
laid down as the basis of education. In those
schools, it is expressly forbidden to emit a re-
ligious idea, however vague and general;
and they are in earnest on that point. Very
recently, a lady teacher, from whose lips the
name of God had inadvertently escaped, was
immediately and unmercifully discharged.
We recognize in that the celebrated tolerance
of the free-thinkers.
   'I'hose schools are, for girls, a school of
independent Ethics, first' of all. They are
a seminary of free females. The Masonic
 World admires and extols that education.
" As to the morality taught, says it in a re-
port (September, 1866), it is no more Jew-
ish than Protestant; it is the morality, that
universal morality which all women and all
men bring with them in this world;" but
which, unfortunately, obscured by original
sin, needs Religion 80 much, that, without
Religion, there cannot be, there is no morali-
ty. Besides, what is morality but the fulfil-
ment of duty? And is it not man'sfirst duty
on earth to know his God, to love and serve
Him? This is realized by Religion, but ra-

         - - - --- .   ---------
108           THE FREElIABON8.

 jected by Freemasonry, the pretended mora).
ity of which is essentially anti.moral.
   There are already more than three hun-
dred young girls in the Masonic professional
schools of Paris. Upon which, the same news-
paper exclaims: "What are the other cities
of France doing? Why I after such an ex-
ample given by Paris, can we not find in the
principal cities some few/emalea with an in-
dependent mind, and free enough to initiate
this noble devotedness? "
   Those schools are the more dangerous be-
cause their antichristian character' is entirely
negative. What women, what mothers of
family are to come out of them I

ABOUT   .Adoption   BY   FR'EjEMASONBY,   OTHEB-

  There are female members of Freemasonry.
At first, one will wonder at it, as the main
point is to keep secrets. But Freemasons, it
appears, trust" the women whom they esteem
the most," and to whom they give the pair
              THE FREEMASONS.             109
of gloves officially presented to themselves
by the Venerable.
   This feminine Freemasonry seems to date
its beginning from the middle of last century.
Louis Philippe Egalit~, then Duke of Orleans,
and Grand·Master of the Order, offered his
pairof gloves to Mrs. de Genlis, and gave an
extraordinary impulsion to the androgynous
Masonry (androgynous means, having the two
sexes). Curiosity,love of pleasure, and above
all, of the unknown, the spirit of irreligion,
and the magical influence of the forbidden
fruit, drew to Freemasonry all the ladies who
longed to befree; and among them were, un-
happily, those with the most conspicuous
names. A letter from the unfortunate Queen
Marie Antoinette to her sister, Queen Marie
Christine, dated February 26th, 1781, proves
it: "1 think that you allow your mind to be
too much harassed about Freemasonry . . .
Here, everyone belongs to it . . . . A few
days ago, Princess de Lamballe was made the
Grand·Mistress of a Lodge; she related to
me all the funny things which she was told."
   Alas I poor women I from that very time,
the sect was preparing for them the fate
110           THE FREEMASONS.

intended by it " to Princes, bigots, and noble-
men," 1
   Here, as in Freemasonry for men, mem-
bers saw and heard no more than snited
the Chiefs; and Public Authorities, imposed
upon, attached no imporlance to an aS80cia-       '
tion which everywhere was viewed as one of
beneficence and pleasure only. But, behind
the gay meetings, there were infamous mys-
teries; it was not, as among the men, the
worship of vengeance; it was the worship          :
of voluptuouRness, the more dangerou8 be-
cause it wa"s veiled by mysterious rites, sea-
soned with secrets, and flavored by that 8pir-    I
it of irreligion so fashionable in Voltaire's     :
time.                                             I
   The Lodge of those women was not called
a Lodge, but Te:mple of Love. It 80unded so
lovingly pastoral I The door of the Temple
of Love was called (no doubt by way of aD·        ,
tiphmsis) the door of Virtue (through which
virtue went away, if not already gone). The
Br ... Mason who ushered in the postulants,
was called Br .'. Sentiment (it is 80, word for

               1 See Chapter 18th.
              THE FREEHA.SON8.             111
word, in the Ritual), and the Mason-Sister who
introduced the aspirants, was called Sister
Discretion. The Grand.Master would ask the
one seeking admission: "How old are you?"
'l'he answer was as innocent as, but more ten-
der than, that of the Brother: "I am seven
years old." To which the sighing dove, gen-
tly cooing, added: "1 am old enough to
please and to love." How sweet and charm-
ing I
   The male members of that rite were Knights
of the Rose, and the female ones Nymphs of
the Rose. These Knights and Nymphs always
went two and two in all their Masonic works.
The Temple was all hung with flowers j the
meetings were presided over by a Grand-Mas-
ter and a Grand-Mistress. No drawn swords,
no papered frames, no caverns, no sombre
ma.squerades, but, in their place, sentimental
journeys, oaths taken by the female aspirant
in the most gallant manner. She would take
the Grand.Master's seat, whilst he, as a great
simpleton, would be kneeling at her feet. But
the most touching of lill was a certain journey
to the Island of Felicity, where ended the in-
itiation j there the bandage was removed from
112           THE FREEMASONS.

the Nymph's eyes; she found herself before
au altar (0, piety I), before the altar and the
statues (let us say the idols) of Venus and
Cupidon, and she offered incense to the pat-
 ron ·and patroness of the Temple.
    Assuredly Mrs. de Lamballe and well-
bred Ladies saw in these fiddlefaddles noth-
ing but amusements and gallantries without
consequence; but, for the majority, those
meetings were far from being guiltless; aud
the wicked men who secretly conducted that
branch o( the Masonic Order, used it to cor-
rupt minds and hearts; to draw away more
and more women from Religion, love of fami-
ly, respect for authority and for traditions.
   The French Revolution drowned in blood
both the Knights and Nymphs of tIle Rose.
   Under the First Empire, feminine Freema-
sonry rose from its ashes:· nearly all its offi·
cers were Masons, and they greatly helped to
revive and to spread all over Europe an insti·
tution so marvellously favorable to their irre--
ligiolls and immoral propensities. In 1830,
new blossoming of female Freemasons. Free-
maspnry hopes much from woman's co-opera-
tion. "When will it be understood," senti-
                  THE FREEMASONS.                        113
mentally exclaims Br . '. Ragon, 1/ that, to re-
store to the Order its irreprelilsible attractions
and former splendor,- to public morality, its
 purity (11), and its truth cleared from hypoc-
risy(11),- to domestic education, still over-
run with prejudices, its humanitary radiation
-we must admit to Masonic works the women,
who, by their virtues (the virtues of the free
woman I), honor their sex and their country?
Their presence will make meetings more in·
teresting; their speeches (the speeches of the
free woman I) will promote emulation; the
workshops will be purified, as nature, in the
spring, is purified by the life-giving rays of
a new sun." 1 Surely, here comes in earnest
the worship of the Sun 1
   In female Freemasonry, there are, as on the
masculine side, Apprentice, Companion, and
Mistress-Masons. There are also high de-
grees, Perfect Mistresses, Sublime Scotch, Elect,
Knightesses of the Dove, Knightesses of Joy,
Rosicrucians, or Knightesses of Beneficence,
Princesses of the Grown, and Sovereign Masons.
Unfortunately, Br. ' . .Pinon's .Annuary is dis-

1 Oomplete   Jll.mual of MCWlRry   bu A.tloptton. pp. 140, 141.
114              THE FREEMASONS.

creetly silent on that columbine branch of
   There are rites and a full Ceremonial, as for
the masculine Masonry. Over the threshold
of the" door of Virtne" is the picture of Mrs.
de Genlis, whom Masonry has surnamed" the
Mot/ter of the Ohurch I" This chaste Mother
has beeu, they ~ay,· canonized by Philippe-
   How curious the homily, stern, but full of
sense, addressed, at the very opening of the
trials, to the postulaut, by the Grand-Master,
majestically seated by the side of the Grand-
Mistress! "He bids her notice hOto higldy
imprudent she has been thus to ask, alone
 and unsupported, admission into a Society, lite
 composition and morals of whick are unknown
 to her, and where her purity might be endan-
 gered." 1
    The female Freemasons gird, like the male
 members, the famous aprou. The general sign,
 by which they recognize each other, is very
 plain: "hands one over the other, the right
 one covering the left and resting on the

  1 Br .•.   RagolJ: Oomplete Manual of MaBOIIf"J.   ~
Mm. pp. 211, 26.
              THE FREEHABON'B.              115
 apron." They recognize each other as Ap-
 prentices "by mutually presenting open the
 right hand, with joined fingers, and placing
 the palm of the hands one on the other;" as
 Companions, "by mutually taking their rigbt
hand, so that the two thumbs be laid across,
and the middle finger stretched over the
wrist; " aEl Mistresses, "by presenting to
each other, the index and middle finger of the
right hand, joining them longitudinally, and
OD the inside; then, pressing by turns the
right thumb on the joints of the two fingers,
Dear the nail." They have other signs, which
truly require a witch's fingers: "To take
(mutually?) the right ear with the thumb and
the little finger of' the right hand, the rest of
the hand being stretched on the cheek (to the
other ear) ;" to take (also mutually?) the end
of the nose with the thumb and the index of
the right hand, the rest of the hand. covering
both eyes" (a real feat I) j "to place the left
hand on the face, the little finger on the mouth,
the ring-finger under the nose, the middle
finger and the index on the eye, and the
thumb on the left ear." The two pass-words
seemingly most in favor with the Mason-Sis-
ters, are Eoo and BalJe!; very likely, out of
116           THE FREEMA80N8.

devotion to the forbidden fruit, and of a very
natural horror for the confusion of tcmguu.
These precious particulars are given by the
grave Br. .. Ragon, the official and sacred
   This feminine Ma~onry is more spread than
one would think; for it numbers many rites
or obediences: the rite of Oagliotdro, the
rite of the Scotch Ladies of Mount Tko1Jor,
the Order of tlle Palladium, or Sovereign
Council of W"Ydom, the Order of Felicity, the
Order of the Knights and Knighte81Je8 of the
Anchor) the Order of Perse1Jerance, and oth-
ers besides.
   Many more thing~, and very cnrious ones,
might be said of the Ladies' Freemasonry.
We shall relate one more, the ceremonial of a
banquet of Mason.Sisters, drawn like the oth-
ers from the same official source.


  We have before seen that in this Order they
eat and drink much. With ladies, it is as with
men: th-e sacred banquet, the fraternal ban-
              THE FREEMASONS.·              117
quet, the free banquet is one of the most se-
rious works of exterior Freemasonry. Ac-
cording to regulations religiously kept by
those valiant ladies, " they never meet alone;
they are always helped in their works by Ma-
sons." In the work at table, the male and
female· Masons are, therefore, side by side.
Il Thus the meeting is far more interesting."

Here is what we read in the Ritual of Hr.' .
    First the banquet is called Lodge of Table.
" There are five obligatory toasts (when com-
ing out of this, the Mason·Sister must often
be merry, and the free woman turn to the
tight woman). First toast: The Grand-Mis-
tress gives a rap; all mastication stops (sic);
 each one conforms to the table order, that is,
 puts the four fingers of the right hand, joined,
 on the table, the thumb being drawn along-
 side the edge, and forming the square. She
 says: "Dear SS.·. Inspectre8s and Deposi-
tary, see that the lamps be put on a line and
 filled for a toast which the Gr ... M ... and I
 wish to propose I" The lamps of those free
 women are tumblers, drinking tumblers; from
 them they draw light, strengtL, and liberty.
 FiJJ, tke lamp, meane fill the tumbler.
118          THE FREEMASONS.

   The order being given and fulfilled, S . '.
InspectretJ8 says, after having given a rap:
" Grand-Mistress, the lamps are on a line and
     The Gr.'. M.·· raps again, and says:
" Up, and to order I Sword in hand I" and
they all take the knife in their left hand.
" Beloved BB ... and much beloved SS ..., the
toast which it is our privilege and happiness
to propose, is: The Kings-Masons i it is in
behalf of healths so dear to our hearts, that
we must unite in blowing our lamp8 to their
glory I"
    This being said, the Gr ... M ... commanda
the exercise: "Right hand on the lamps I hold
up the lamps I Blow the lamps at aile
draught I " (The Mason-Sister here shows
herself to be a woman more and more val-
iant; she blows her lamp as if it were a
match, and drinks Jike a hole). What dra-
goons 1 If there are Nymphs qf the Rose,
 there are also Nymphs of the Lamp 1
    But the exercise is not at an end, and the
 Gr... M ... continues: " Lamp forward 1(that
 is, as explained by the faithful Br.·. Ragon:
 five times on the heart, and bring it forward
                 THE FREEMASONS.                      119
again) 1/ Set down lamps I (which mnst be
done in five times, adds the Ritual). Finally,
they say five times Eva/' 1
   'l'his is the first toast, the first exercise of
this warlike banquet. At the fifth one, by
dint of blowing the lamp, the poor Sister must
be sta.ggering, and drawing crooked lines,
when going for the twenty-fourth or fifth time
" from the heart forward." To go back home,
she must need the brotherly arm of her Ma-



   The sacrilegious and impious Masonic dag-
ger is hidden under the more or less improper
amusements of this androgynous Masonry:
and secret societies mean to make a. very se-
rious use of those silly creatures whom un·
belief, pride, vanity, love of pleasure, and
especially curiosity, thrust into the exterior

 1 ComplSe   Manual 0/ P1'eemIJBonrg by Adoption. p. 811.
120          .   THE FREEMASONS.

degrees. Like that of men, the public Ma-
sonry of women is but a pond in which oc-
cult Masonry fattens its fishes to draw them
at the proper time. That time is when the
Mistress-Mason is.initiated to the secret degree
of Pe1fect MistreB8.
   First of all, they exact from her the awful
oath which binds her to the Sect for life. II I
swear," she says, II I promise to hold faithfully
in my heart, tlte secrets 01 Freemasons and 0/
Freemasonry. I bind myself to it under pen-
alty of being cut to pieceB by the sword. of the
deBtroying Angel."
   The Gr.' . M.·. immediately proclaims her
Perfect MistreBs, and addresses her thus:
II My dear, now that we have initiated you to

the symbolical secret of Masonry, now that
the light of truth has shone forth before your
eyes, the errors, superstitions. and prejud~es
(that is, faith and the fear of God) which you
perhaps retained as yet in some corner of
your brains, are removed. An arduous, but
sublime task is henceforth imposed on you, (we
come to it j let us listen). The first of your
duties wiU be to sour ti,e hearts of the people
agaimat Prie8ts and Kings. In the oo.fJee lwuB8,
               THE FREEMASONS.                 121
in the theatre, in the evening parties, everywhere,
 work with that HOLY intention.
   " There is oue more secret to be revealed
to you, and we shall speak of it iu a low tone
of voice." And he declares to her that the
final purpose of the sacred miss-ion of Free-
masonry. " is the a:nnihilation of all religious
and monarchical authority."
   There is, then, something truly serious in
point, not only of morality, but also of Faith
and the future of the Church, in this ridicu-
lous initiation of women to Freemasonry.
Freemasons know to what advantage women
can be used; they know that woman, once
hurled into the ways of impiety and ven-
geance, is more savage, and more tenacious
than man, and goes further than he. Is it to
be wondered at, if they are happy to see
women affiliated to their Order, and if they
loudly declare that "to found Lodges for
women, would be going at a giant's rate in
the way of humanitary progress?" These
are the words of the Masonic World, Oct.,
1866. It is known that their "humanitary
progress" simply is antichristianism.
122           THE FREEMASONS.


   Freemasonry says of itself that it is guilt-
less, that it is slandered and unjustly con-
demned by the Church.
   We now know enough to appreciate both
the pretended guiltlessness and the pretended
   Does Masonry believe in the divine author-
ity of the Sovereign Pontiff of the Catholic
Church? No. Does it submit to the Pope in
all things, as commanded by Almighty God?
No; a thousand times JJO. Does it believe
in the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ? No.
Does it believe in God, Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost, such as Be is, such as He has revealed
Himsel£ to the world, such as He commands
to be adored? No. Therefore, it is, in the
highest degree, guilty of rebellion, impiety,
              THE FREEMASONS.               123.
heresy,blasphemy; therefore it is anticatho-
lie, antichristian, atheist. Therefore it is
condemnable; and when it has been con·
demned by the Holy See, it has been justly,
and very justly, condemned.
   In another, less exclusively Christian, point
of view, Freemasonry, not only the occult
one, rejected by all upright men, but also the
one public and exterior, the regulations of
which are known, and almost in the hands of
the public, is a dangerous institution, wicked,
immoral, contrary to the most elementary
laws of human justice, and to the welfare of
nations. I bring but one proof: the Ma-
sonic oath and the penalty of death BS a pun-
ishment for its violation.
   Freemasonry cannot deny it. From the
very first step of initiation, at the very en-
tering a Lodge through-the degree of' Appren-
tice, when falls the bandage, which, until then,
has been on the Postulant's eyes, he sees aU
the drawn swords of the assistants directed
against his breast, and he hears all the Broth-
ers shouting: "May God punish traitors I"
and the Venerable, after having quieted his
fears, adds: "If you, were to betray Freema-
124            THE FREEMASONS.

BOnry, no spot on earth could offer you a shelter
against its avenging weapons." Is this true,
or not ?-Is it true, or not, that to be a Free-
mason, to be admitted to that first degree of
Apprentice, a man must take the abominable
oath which we have given at length, textually
copied from the Ritual of the Masonic Qr-
   Thoee two facts cannot be denied. Now, I
ask any upright man, any magistrate: what
to think of a private society, which, outside
of civil society, in cold blood and officially
threatens with death all its members who
would be unfaithful to its laws? What to
think of a private society, which dares to say:
"If you are faithless to me, no spot on earth
could offer you a shelter against my avenging
weapons?" What is that threat, if not a
threat of murder and assassination! Now,
that is a critne amenable to law in all civilized
   What is, 1 ask it again, this contemptible
heap of imprecations which accompany, or,
rather, constitute the Masonic oath? Can a

                1 See   Chapter 8th.
              THE FREEMASONS.              125
 Christian, l\ good man,· an honest man, in con
 science, thus give himself up, soul and body,
 under penalty of death, to any society what-
 ever, outside of the holy Church? A society
 which forces on all its members, without ex-
 ception, and receives such an oath,-a pri-
 vate society which, in contempt of all divine
 and human laws, attributes to itself such ex-
 orbitant rights, and in particular, the right
of life and death on the millions who are
members of it, is a deeply, essentially immoral
society, and the sword of the Church where-
ever it strikes it, strikes it justly.
   Thus condemnable, when judged from the
points of view, buth of reason and of Faith,
Freemasonry has been justly condemned by
the Holy See, which in this case, as in so
many others, has courageously fulfilled the
salutary mission entrusted to it by Almighty
God. Commissioned to teach all nations, to
proclaim and defend truth, to judge, unmask,
condemn and pursue error and evil, the holy
Church has solemnly anathematized Freema-
sonry in all its degrees, in all its forms. It
has excommunicated, that is, cut off from her
bosom, all Christians, whoever they are, who
126           THE FREEMASONS.

would dare to affiliate them~elves to it, in
 pite of her positive prohibition.
  Every Freemason, therefore, iR, and justlJ",
excommunicated; the mere Apprentices, as
well as the Grand-Orients, and the Grand-
 h,,;'ters, the high and the low, the female and
the male Freemasons: the members of Lodges,
a well as the adepts of the back Lodges.


   0111' Lord Jesus Christ has said in the Gos-
pel: Jf anyone does not hear the Ohurch, let him
be to you as a heathen. Now, the Church, b}'
 h rand voice of the Popes, has solemnly
         presBly condemned Freemasonry.
       far back as the first half of last cen-
tury, when Masonry was more openly organ-
iz·d in Europe, Pope Clement the XIlth, con-
d mned it in a Bull, dated April 23d, 1738.
     fleeting," says the Pope, "on the great
  'il with which those clandestine societies
 hr aten, either the peace of States, or the

                  THE FREEMASONS.               127
  .salvation of souls, a.fter having consulted our
   Venerable Brethren the Cardinals, of our own
   accord, and in the fulness of Apostolical pow-
   er, we have enacted arid decreed that the
   aforesaid societies, assemblies, or meetings of
   Freemallons, whichever name they take, mu"t
   b{1 condemned and protlcribed, as we do con-
   demn and proscribe them by the present con-
   stitution, the effect of which is to last for-
   ever." "To this end," he adds, " by virtue of
  holy obedience, we forbid all and every
  Christian faithful, of whatever profession,
  dignity or condition, clergymen or laymen,
  secular or regular, to establish, propagate or
  favor the society called Freemasons, to admit
  it in their houses, to be affiliated to it, and to
  aRsist at its meetings, under penalty oj excom-
  munication to be incurred, ipso jacto, wiihout
  any new declaration, and especially reserved
. to us and to our successors, so that no one
  can absolve from it without our permission,
  except at the point of death."
      During the reign of Benedict the XIVth,
  some persons endeavored to make it believed
  that the Constitution of Clement the XIlth,
  was no more binding, and that those who then
128            THE FREEMASONS.

 were affiliated to the society of Freemasons,
 did not incur excommunication. After serio
 ously examining the question, the illustrious
 Pontiff hastened to undeceive them, and by
 his Bull of May 28th, 1751, he confirmed his
 predecessor's Constitution in all its injunc-
tions. "That no one may accuse us," says
he, " to have failed in what prudence requires
of us, we have resolved to re-isRue our prede-
 cessor's Constitution, by inserting it word for
word in our present letters; thus acting with
clear knowledge, and by virtue of the fulness
of Apostolical power, we confirm it, we re-is.
sue it, and we order and decree that it be,
from this day, put to execution, as if it were
now published for the first time."
   The Society of Carbonari so called, which,
at the beginning of this century, spread all
over Europe, and oflpecially over Italy, was,
as we have seen, but a ramification of Free-
masonry. In his Bull of Sept. 13th, 1821,
Pope Pius the VIIth, describes its main fca-
tures; be shows its intimate connection with
the Masonic Order; he indicates all the evils
to be feared from it for Religion and Christian
society; and those evils have been bnt too         I
               THE FREEMASONS.                129
much realized ever since until now. By that
Constitution, the Venerable Pius the VIIth,
decrees the same penalty of excommunica-
tion, especially reserved to the Apostolic See,
against all those who would join it or favor it
in any way whatever.
   In 1825, Pope Leo the XIIth, viewing all
secret societies in their whole, was terrified
at the thought of all the. evils which Religion
and the State had to fear from them; he saw
with an inexpressible grief that in them re-
ligious indifference was preached, that they
received men of all religions and of all be-
liefs; that they assumed the right of life and
death over those who broke the secrets of the
Lodges, or refused to fulfil the criminal or-
ders given to them; he was appalled at the
deep contempt shown by them for all authori-
ty. Consequently, in his Bull of March 13th,
1825, he republished, in a most express man-
ner, the Constitutions issued against secret
societies, and particularly against Freema-
sons, by his predecessors, Clement the XIIth,
Benedict the XIVth, and Pius the VlIth, and
forbade, as they did, all the faithful to affiliate
themselves to them, and to join them in any
130           THE FREEMASONS.

way whatever, under penalty of excommuni-
cation ipso facio, and especially resen'ed to
the Holy See, so that the Pope alone could
absolve from it, except in case of death.
   Lastly, in his Allocution of Sept. 1865, our
Holy Father, Pope Pius the IXth, deplores,
as his predecessors, all the evils inflicted on
the Catholic Religion, and on Christian civili-
zation by the secret societies in general, and
in particular by that of the Freemasons. He
republishes all the dispoAitions contained in
the Apostolical Constitutions of Popes Clem-
ent the XIIth, Benedict the XIVth, Pius the
VlIth, and Leo the XIIth, and especially
the penalty of excommunication laid on all
those who are affiliated to them, or who favor
 them in any way. He exhorts the faithful
 who might have had the misfortune to be re-
 ceived in them, to leave them forthwith, in or-
 der to save their souls, and, at the same time.
 he strongly exhorts those who, so far, were
 fortunate enough to stay away from them,
 never to allow themselves to be drawn into
 that dangerous abyss.
   Therefore, doubt is now impossible; all
 those who are affiliated to the society of Free-
               THE FREElIASONS.                      131
masons, by the very fact of their affiliation,
incur the penalties laid on them, by Clement
the XIIth, in 1738; by Benedict the XIVth,
in 1751; by Pius the VIIth., in 1821; by Leo
the XIIth, in 1825; and by Pope Pius the IXth,
in Sept., 1867. They are expressly excom-
municated; they have no more any share in
the prayers of the Church; they must not
any more assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass, nor at the other public services; nor
can they receive any sacrament. If they die
in that state, they forfeit all rights to ecclesi·
astical burial, because the Church does not
count them any more among her Children.
   Either Catholic or Freemason, there is no
choice. "One cannot be Freemason and
Catholic at the same time." 1

WHAT    WE   MUST DO, IN THE           FACE     OF   THE

  The Church is so powerfully constituted,
that she has but to be herself to thwart all
the plots of all her enemies. Let us, one and
        1 ThiJ .Masonic World,   Ma.y, 1866. p.6.
132           THE FREEMASONS.

all, be but Christians, earnest Catholics, and
we stand ready.
   Union begets strength. OUT enemies un·
derstand it; their strength is in their union.
and their union is in their obedience. Let ns
be united more than they are; and, for that
purpose, let us obey better than they do. The
whole Catholic Church can be summed up in
two words: Obedience and Loye. Let us
obey with love ; let ns love through obedi.
   First of all and above all, let us obey in all
things the head of the Holy Church, our Holy
Father, the Pope, Vicar of Jesus Chril;t, Pas-
tor and Infallible Teacher of all Christians.
    Surely to obey the Pope, let us obey oor
Bishop, our Parish Priest, our Confessor.
When we obey them, we obey not men, bot
God himself, who, through them, teaches m,
guides us, forgives us, and makes us walk in
the right path. As much Masonic obedience
is blind, silly, absurd, wicked and sacrilegiom,
so much Catholic obedience is grounded on
reasoning, rational, legitimate, holy, and mer·
itorious. What is nobler than to obey God?
    To obedience let us add love. The soul of
               THE FREEMASONS.                 133
union is love. Let us loye one another, chris·
tianly, effiC'aciously j if we are rich, let us love
and assist the poor; they are our brothers,
and in their person we love and assist Jesus
Christ. Let us love our Priests, and sur·
round them with all marks of respect; let us
love our Bishop, the Father and the Pastor
of our souls; and more yet, let us love the
Pope. Here is true fraternity, of which Ma.
sonic fraternity is but the impious disguise,
as thei.r liberty and their equality are but the
disguise of true Christian liberty, and of true
equality. Men are truly equal only before
God; they are truly free only when becom.
ing the children of God.
     Freemasonry attacks us through "the
Press;" let us be on our guard j let us never
read bad newspapers; let us acquire a thor-
ough knowledge of the truths of Faith; if
able, let us scatter around us good Catholic
books. A good book is a Missionary j and
very often, people are converted by reading
    Freemasonry aims at wresting from us the
SOUlll of our children j let us react with the ut-
most energy, and from evil let us draw good.
Let 111l kindle anew onr zeal for the salvation
 134            THE FREEMASONS.

  and sanctification of our children, for their in-
  struction, and to prepare them to be valiant
  soldiers of the Church. Fathers and motheril,
  do not, forget that God has entrusted you with
  the care of their souls, and that education, if
  not thoroughly Christian, is now, more than
  e.ver, an immense danger for them.
     Finally, let us revive around us the family
  spirit, the love of family, in place of which
  the Masonic sects seek to put we know not
  what pretended patriotic chimera, good only
  to unduly excite imagination, and turn one's
  head. Let us be fully convinced of this: the
  remedy against all the Masonic venom, con-
  sists exclusively in being true Christians, in
  substituting humility, obedience, and faith to
  pride, in truly loving our Lord Jesus Chriilt
  with all our heart, with all our soul, with all
  our strength.
     If we do not act so, we have all to fear;
  yes, all to fear in this world and in the next.
  If, on the contrary, we remain faithful to God
• and to His Church, we have nothing to fear;
  the future is ours.
     The struggle which is coming is either the       I

   supreme struggle of the Church, or it is not.
               THE FREEMASONS.               135
 If the former, the Church, as foretold, will suc-
 cumb for a time, as Christ on Cal vary; and
 we shall succumb with her; but, as on Calva-
 ry, Satan shall be defeated, and all his party
 shall be hurled into the place of everlasting
 torments, the Freemasons no less. than any
 other; we, on the contrary, rising in glory for-
 ever, shall go to Heaven, there eternally
-to reign with our Lord Jesus Christ. If the
 latter, we must look at the struggle with a
 yet more cheerful confidence; for the enemy
 who stands across our path, may win some
 partial triumphs; but soon the storm shall
 blow over, as so many before; and even in
 this world, we shall ourselves enjoy with the
 Holy Church, victory and peace.
    In either case, our duties are the same: un-
 iOll, obedience, lively faith, fraternal charity,
 zeal for the salvation of souls, and the holy
  cause of the Church.
    All of us, let UB fight the good fight, under
 the glorious banner of the Immaculate Virgin,
 and of St. Peter I

                    THE END.
   Freemasonry seeks, above all, silence alid
darkness. Its first care, when attacked, is to
be silent, and play dead. In Belgium, it lUIs
been an invariable watcllrword for some year.~
past. It is the same, it would seem, in Frallce
and everywhere. Let U$, therifore, 1'aise our
voice, and without tiring~ loudly cry: danger,
   Would it not be a good work to make tMs
small treatise known all around, and to spread
it as much as possible?


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